Campus Visits & Events

There is no better way to understand Bates College than by spending time on campus. During your visit, observe the day-to-day life of students here. Go to the library and see how students interact. Eat lunch in Commons. Sit down at any table and strike up a conversation. Review our Course Schedule and sit in on a class. Attend a concert, a lecture or a game.

Unable to visit us in Maine? Get to know your regional admission representative via email, or connect with them at a regional event!

Please find information on scheduling your visit below. We look forward to connecting with you!

*Please note that from June 18 – August 17, visits will begin at Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Parking will be available in the Russell Street Parking Lot at 141 Russell Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. From August 18 – December 1, visits will begin at Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Parking will be available next to Lindholm House, along Wood Street.

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Bates offers traditional campus tours and information sessions daily to provide greater insight on our campus, community, and holistic admission process. On select Mondays and Fridays, we are excited to also offer specialty tours that focus on arts and athletics. Please note that our main campus tour will briefly cover some of the information highlighted in these specialty tours.

Schedule Your Visit

The Office of Admission welcomes you to schedule a group visit to campus. Due to limited availability, our office is only able to accommodate groups of sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. To schedule a group visit through the Office of Admission, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form.

If you are coming to campus and are only interested in eating lunch in the dining hall—and are not interested in any other programming—please contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining, at or 207-786-8355.

Admission Interviews

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process.  Our informative and evaluative interviews are offered both on and off campus, and are all weighted equally.

Open Houses: July 27 | August 10 | October 8

Bates welcomes prospective students, family, counselors, and friends to join us on campus for one of our Open Houses. During Open Houses, guests are encouraged to take a campus tour, sit in on an admission and financial aid information session, interact with our current students and faculty members, and enjoy a meal in our dining Commons.


Specific programming related to our Open Houses will be forthcoming. For a sample of past years’ Open House programming, please see our 2017 Open House Schedule.

Prologue to Bates

 Bates’ commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community.

  • Prologue I: October 7, 2018 through October 9, 2018.
    Prologue II: October 28, 2018 through October 30, 2018.

Learn More

Specific programming related to our Prologue programs will be forthcoming. 

Overnight Visits

Overnight visits are a great way for prospective students to more fully experience life as a Bates student. During an overnight visit, the prospective student will stay with a current student in one of our residence halls and join them for exciting extracurricular programming. The day after, the prospective student will have an opportunity to attend a Bates class and have lunch in our dining Commons.

Information related to overnight visits during the fall semester will be forthcoming.

Visit a Class

Our professors welcome you to Bates, and are excited to give you a taste of our unique academic experience. To make this an enjoyable experience for all, we ask that you arrive a few minutes early to introduce yourself to the professor and make sure that there is space available in the class. We also ask that families prioritize prospective students attending classes. Please find our course listings here. Enjoy your visit!
Please note that summer recess will take place from May 25 – September 5. During this time, prospective students are invited to take a tour, attend an Information Session, interview, or join us for an Open House.

If you or someone in your party will require some type of accommodation during your visit (e.g. wheelchair, hearing aid, etc.), please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 at least one full week prior to your visit so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.