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 our award-winning Commons. Sit down at any table and strike up a conversation. Review our Course Schedule and join a class. Attend a concert, a lecture or a game.

Information on scheduling your visit can be found below. Unable to visit us in Maine? Request information, get to know your regional admission representative via email, connect with them at a regional event, take a Virtual Tour, or get in touch with a current student! We look forward to connecting with you.

From June 18, through August 16, your visit will begin in our Visitor Center in Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. After August 16, your visit will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Information on directions, parking, accommodations, and recommendations can be found here.

Maps for a self-guided tour and Welcome Brochures are available in the kiosks outside of Lindholm House.

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.

From June 18, through August 16, your visit will begin in our Visitor Center in Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. After August 16, your visit will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Information on directions, parking, accommodations, and recommendations can be found here.

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 clacey@bates.edu 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. Please note that students are only eligible for one interview per application cycle.

From June 18, through August 16, your visit will begin in our Visitor Center in Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. After August 16, your visit will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Information on directions, parking, accommodations, and recommendations can be found here.

July 26 & Aug 9 | Summer Open Houses

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 enjoy a meal in our dining Commons. Please see the schedule of events here.

September – April | 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, please review our course listings and email the professor to make sure the class is available. We recommend arriving a few minutes early to introduce yourself to the professor and ask that families prioritize prospective students attending classes. Enjoy your visit!

We want to ensure that campus visits and events are inclusive for all. If you anticipate a barrier or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 or admission@bates.edu. To ensure there is enough time to make appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your visit, when possible.