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.

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.

Schedule Your Visit

Visits will begin at Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Parking will be available next to Chase Hall, along Campus Avenue or in the Wood Street Parking Lot. We encourage you to be mindful of posting parking signs as parking is restricted to one side of the street after December 1 per city regulations.

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.

Visits will begin at Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Parking will be available next to Chase Hall, along Campus Avenue, or in the Wood Street Parking Lot. We encourage you to be mindful of posting parking signs as parking is restricted to one side of the street after December 1 per city regulations.

Explore Bates: Junior Open House

Join us on campus on March 25, 2019, for Explore Bates, an Open House dedicated to providing greater access to students, their families, and counselors, on the selective college admission process. The day will focus on informing and educating juniors about the college search process through a session on the college interview, a mock application review, a student panel, and an overview of Financial Aid, in addition to our campus tours and information sessions. View the full schedule of events here.

Register

Mount David Summit

Join us on Friday, March 29, 2019 for the Mount David Summit, Bates’ annual campus-wide celebration of student academic achievement. Through a day of open programming, the Summit highlights undergraduate research; student creative work in art, dance, theater, music and film/video; projects conducted in the context of academic courses; and community-engaged research. If you are interested in getting a true sense of the rich intellectual life of our students, we encourage you to join us on campus to attend lectures, poster presentations, and performances. Admission staff will be available throughout the day and will join you for lunch.

Register

If you would like to attend a campus tour or information session on this day, please register here.

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. At this time, Bates is offering overnight visits to high school seniors who are Regular Decision candidates.

Schedule Your Overnight Visit

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!

Admitted Student Receptions

Are you already enrolled, or still deciding if Bates is the right fit for you? Either way, we’d love to have you and your family join us on campus.

  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Monday, April 22, 2019

Registration for our Admitted Student Receptions will be live shortly.

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.