Live Virtual Programming

We love nothing more than welcoming friends, old and new, to the Bates campus. In fact, we are known for holding the door for one another! However, in order to ensure a safe on-campus spring semester for students, and due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, we are unable to welcome guests to campus at this time. This was not an easy decision to make, and we sincerely appreciate your understanding!

These Connect pages provide dozens of ways to meet our community members and to ask your 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.

If you are an admitted student, please find a full list of engagement opportunities on the Admitted Student page.


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.

April

Monday (only April 5)6:00pm
Thursday6:00pm
Saturday12:00pm

May through August

Monday – Friday10:00am and 2:00pm


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.

March and April

Monday 7:00pm
Thursday 5:00pm
Saturday1:00pm

May

Monday – Friday11:00am and 1:00pm

June through August

Monday – Friday9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

For an on demand experience, we invite you to take our Virtual Tour.


Bobcat Chats

Bobcat Chats provide the opportunity to take a deeper look at the Bates experience through casual conversations with our community members. Learn from current students, alumni, faculty, representatives from financial aid, artists, athletes, eco warriors, club leaders, and community engagement champions through our Bobcat Chats Series. To register for an upcoming Bobcat Chat, please click the red button at the top of the page. For recordings of past Bobcat Chats, including a session on Financial Aid, please see our Updates page or check out Bates on YouTube!

Date Bobcat Chat
March 31, 7:00-8:00pmBobcat Chat: Student Edition
Join a panel of current students for some casual conversation on all things Bates!
April 14, 7:00-8:00pmBobcat Chat: Student Edition
Join a panel of current students for some casual conversation on all things Bates!
April 28, 7:00-8:00pmBobcat Chat: Student Edition
Join a panel of current students for some casual conversation on all things Bates!

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 available for prospective students planning on entering college in the fall of 2022. Students are only eligible for one interview. As a student, you have two options:

1. Bates Online Interview: An Online Interview will be hosted by a Bates College senior or admission representative. 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.

April

Monday – Friday9:00am, 10:00am, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

May through August

Monday – Friday9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

2. 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. Registration for an Alumni Interview will open in August for prospective students planning on entering college in the fall of 2022.


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 spring, 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 admission@bates.edu. To ensure there is enough time to make appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your scheduled program, when possible.