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 Commons. Sit down at any table and strike up a conversation. Review our Course Schedule and sit in on a class. Attend a concert, a lecture or a game

Schedule Your Visit

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.

We look forward to hosting you on campus!

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Student-led tours are one hour long and depart from the Admission Office. Campus tours are followed by Admission and Financial Aid Information Sessions, which are led by an Admission representative and last one hour. This is a great time to learn more about Bates academics, the college application process, and have your many questions answered. Please note that the venue of the information sessions may change depending on the size of the group.

Schedule Your Visit

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 or 207-786-8355.

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.

Schedule an Overnight Visit

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.


The Office of Admission will be open on Saturdays in the fall to offer prospective students and their guests the opportunity to take a campus tour, attend an admission and financial aid information session, and complete on-campus interviews. The Office of Admission will be open on Saturdays from Saturday, September 23rd through Saturday, December 2nd. We will not be open on October 21st, November 18th, or November 25th.

The Office of Admission is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Visiting 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!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day–January 15, 2018

Bates shares a connection to Martin Luther King Jr. through one of our most famous alumni, Benjamin E. Mays, Class of 1920. Mays was a mentor to King and an advisor to U.S. presidents, in addition to being the president of Morehouse College for 27 years. King described Mays as “my spiritual mentor and my intellectual father,” and Mays delivered the eulogy at King’s funeral in 1968.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, classes at Bates are canceled and special programming takes place throughout the day. We invite you to participate in this cultural moment at Bates by attending one of the many special programs that will be held throughout the day. Campus tours and Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions will be offered, as well.

Information related to registration will be forthcoming.

For a sample of last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day itinerary, please see here.