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.

The College will be closed and not offering programming from November 25, 2020-November 29, 2020 and again from December 20, 2020-January 11, 2021.

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 | December

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.

Bobcat Chats: Student Edition 7:00pm

December 9
December 16

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.

For recordings of past Bobcat Chats, including a session on Financial Aid, please see our Updates page!

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.