Live Virtual Programming

Let’s get to know each other! These Connect pages provide dozens of ways to meet our community members and to ask the important questions. From our live virtual offerings to interviews to our inboxes, we’re looking forward to joining in conversation. 

In an effort to bring Bates to you we have a variety of ways for you to connect with us virtually. Learn more about our offerings below. To attend any of this programming, please click on the red button.

Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community and visitors, Bates will not welcome admission guests to visit our campus while the college is in session. See here for more specifics.

Virtual Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions

Bates offers virtual information sessions frequently to provide greater insight on our campus, community, and holistic admission process. Please see our weekly schedule below (in Eastern Time) and register by clicking the red button above.

Virtual information sessions are available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through Saturday, December 19, excluding the Thanksgiving Recess (November 25-28).

Saturday 10:00am

You may also join Senior Associate Dean of Admission Jared Rivers for an on-demand, thirty-minute Information Session at any time.

Live Guided Tours

Join current students for a live, multimedia guided exploration of our beautiful campus. They’ll lead tour groups through the historic Quad, classrooms, our dining Commons, residential halls, and more! Please see our weekly schedule below (in Eastern Time) and register by clicking the red button above.

Live guided tours are available through Monday, December 1, excluding the Thanksgiving Recess (November 25-28).


Online Interviews

A Bates interview is meant to help you in your unique college search process. It’s your 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 is a good fit for your interests and aspirations. Interviews are both optional and informational – meaning you’re not being graded or evaluated.

Interviews are reserved for rising high school seniors or prospective transfer students; students are only eligible for one interview. As a student, you have two options:

Bates Online Interview: An Online Interview will be hosted by a rising senior or admission representative. Interviews are offered Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm – 6pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-3pm, and select Saturdays from 9-11am (Eastern Time). Interviews typically last 25-30 minutes. Register by clicking “Schedule Your Virtual Visit” above; please note that you will need to answer “In which term do you plan on entering?to see available interview slots. Please find more detailed instructions here.

Bates Alumni Interview: For more flexibility in times, consider requesting an Online Alumni Interview, which will connect you with an alumni volunteer in your area. Interviews typically last 25-30 minutes. Request an Alumni Interview here.

Bobcat Chats | October & November

In addition to our regularly scheduled virtual programming, we’re excited to offer opportunities to take a deeper look at the Bates experience through casual conversations with our community members. Chat with current students, alumni, faculty, representatives from financial aid, artists, athletes, eco warriors, club leaders, and community engagement champions through our Bobcat Chats Series. Please see our schedule below (in Eastern Time) and register by clicking the red button above.

Monday, October 19, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Student Edition Hear from current ‘Cats about why they chose Bates, what they’re studying, how they spend time outside of the classroom, and why they think this place is special.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Alumni Edition

A benefit of a small school is the incredible alumni network. Hear from graduates about how their Bates experience prepared them for life after college.

Marshall Hatch ’10
Grishma Pradhan ’09
Rokya Samake ’15

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Faculty Edition

Bates faculty are known for being talented, honest, and accessible. Learn more about their areas of expertise, their research, and their connection with students.

Amy Bradfield Douglass, Professor of Psychology, Division Chair for Social Sciences
Martin Kruse, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Financial Aid

Navigating Financial Aid can feel overwhelming. Join Student Financial Services as they help you understand affordability, tricky terminology, and our financial aid model.

Wendy Glass, Director of Student Financial Services

Friday, October 23, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Research

Research is an integral part of the Bates academic experience. Hear about what our students and faculty are working on, and get a better understanding of what research looks like in a small school setting.

Nathan Lundblad, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy 
Susan A. Stark, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Monday, October 26, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Arts Edition Opportunities to engage with the arts abound at Bates. Chat with faculty and students about how they participate in our vibrant artistic community.

Shoshona Currier, Director of the Bates Dance Festival

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Athletics Edition

Interested in athletics? Join coaches and student athletes for a conversation around our leagues, competing at Bates, and managing academics and athletics.

Peter Lasagna, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Becky Woods, Head Nordic Ski Coach

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Sustainability Edition

Stewardship of the wider world is woven into the Bates experience. Hear from community members about how Bates continues to lead conversation and action about sustainability in higher education.

Tom Twist, Sustainability Manager

Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Clubs &

Bates students are known for their engagement outside of the classroom. Hear from students about their participation in a variety of clubs and organizations, and get a sense of what you might get involved with in college.

Featuring: Black Students Union, Helicase Biology Club, International Club, Robinson Players, and South Asian Students Association

Friday, October 30, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Our Community

Ask people what is special about Bates, and most will say “the community”. During this conversation with campus partners we will dig into the elements that challenge us and connect us.

Noelle Chaddock, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Darby Ray, Director, Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Ask Me Anything with the Director of Admission Curious about what test optional really means? Looking for a better sense of what holistic admission is? Want advice on how best to support your student? Join Director of Admission Darryl Uy for a casual and open conversation aimed at answering your lingering questions. This session is particularly aimed at helping family members support their student!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:00pm Bobcat Chats: Student Edition

Hear from current ‘Cats about why they chose Bates, what they’re studying, how they spend time outside of the classroom, and why they think this place is special.

There are other ways to get to know us beyond these programs. Request information, reach out to your regional admission representative, or connect with a current student. As always, we look forward to connecting with you as you explore Bates!

If you would like to stay current on Bates’ plans for the fall, please refer to the college’s dedicated website addressing this matter.   

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 1-855-228-3755 or To ensure there is enough time to make appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your scheduled program, when possible.