Live Virtual Programming

These pages provide many ways to meet our community members and ask your important questions. From our live virtual offerings to our inboxes, we’re looking forward to joining you in conversation. 

Learn more about our offerings below. To attend any of this programming, please click on the red button.

Virtual Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions

Bates offers live virtual information sessions to provide greater insight on our campus, community, and holistic admission process. Register by clicking the red button above.

For an on-demand experience, we invite you to watch our recorded information session.

Bobcat Chats: Student Panels

Bates offers live panels of current students who will discuss all facets of the student experience and be available to answer your questions. No admission staff members are present, as this is meant to be a casual opportunity to connect in real time with students. We encourage you to come with plenty of questions and curiosity!

This fall, Bobcat Chats are themed on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm (EDT)! You can see the various topics below, and register for the one(s) that most aligns with your interests and curiosities.

  • Wednesday, November 29: Student Life
    Gain an understanding of the ins and outs of student life at Bates, from clubs and organizations, to living on campus, to favorite traditions.

Virtual Q&A with First-Generation Students at Bates

Interested in hearing from students at Bates who are the first in their families to attend college? Join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 8:00pm (ET) for a virtual Q&A (register via the button below) with Bates students Elizabeth Gallegos Rodriguez ’26, Irma Garcia Vazquez ’27, and Rylee Eaton ’25. You’ll also hear from Dri Huber, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of First-Generation Programs in the Bates Office of Intercultural Education and Darryl Uy, Director of Admission at Bates, who will share details about the programs and people at Bates that support first-generation students. We’ll have time to answer your questions, and we look forward to chatting with you.

Virtual & In-person Alumni Conversations

An Alumni Conversation is an opportunity to connect one-on-one with a Bates community member, and to ask the deeper and specific questions that will help you determine if Bates aligns with your interests and aspirations. You can indicate your preference for a virtual or in-person conversation. Conversations are not interviews, and they are both optional and informational meaning you are not being evaluated.

The Alumni Conversation request form is now open for high school seniors and prospective transfer applicants.

Other Opportunities

There are other opportunities to get to know Bates. Request information, reach out to your regional admission representative, or connect with a current student. You may also register for an in-person campus visit. As always, we look forward to connecting with you as you explore Bates!

We want to ensure that experiences with Bates are inclusive for all. If you anticipate a barrier or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Admission at (207) 786-6000 or To allow for appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your scheduled event, when possible.

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