Campus Visits & Events


Please note that the Office of Admission will be closed to the public Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


There is no better way to get to know Bates 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.

You can find more information about scheduling your visit 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 near you, take a virtual tour, or get in touch with a current student. We look forward to connecting with you!

Visits 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. 

Visits 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 tell us about your interests and ask questions about Bates and our application process. 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.

Visits will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Information on directions, parking, accommodations, and recommendations can be found here.

September – April | Visit a Class

Our professors welcome you to campus, and are delighted to offer a glimpse into the Bates 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!

Overnight Visits

Overnight visits are a great way for you to more fully experience life as a Bates student. During an overnight visit, you will stay with a current student in one of our residence halls and join them for exciting extracurricular programming. The day after, you will have an opportunity to attend a Bates class and have lunch in our dining Commons. At this time, Bates is offering overnight visits to high school seniors on select Sundays and Mondays.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Observance at Bates

Tired of the traditional college visit? Interested in getting to know a school through the perspective of a community member? If so, we invite you and your family to attend Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates, a community-wide opportunity to discuss, teach, and reflect on King’s legacy. The day is a time to examine contemporary human issues through the lens of King’s work and ideas, broadly defined. It is a day of thought, reflection, and aspiration of the entire community. This year our theme is “From the Ground Up: Inequity, Bias, Privilege, Structure, Death.” 

Join us on January 20, 2020 for a day of conversation and learning. In addition to school-wide programming, admission staff will be on hand to provide information about the admission and financial aid process. Registration will be available soon.

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.