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

Your Bates College visit will begin in Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Because of construction around our new science facility on Campus Avenue, we recommend that you allow a few extra minutes to find parking if you are driving. ​​​​​​​Street parking should be available around Chase Hall on Campus Avenue and the surrounding streets; additional parking lots can be found here. Please be mindful of posted parking signs.

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.

Your Bates College visit will begin in Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Because of construction around our new science facility on Campus Avenue, we recommend that you allow a few extra minutes to find parking if you are driving. ​​​​​​​Street parking should be available around Chase Hall on Campus Avenue and the surrounding streets; additional parking lots can be found here. Please be mindful of posted parking signs.

March 25 | 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

March 29 | 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. View the schedule of events here.

Register

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

Admitted Student Events

March 29 | 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. Register on your application status portal.

April 5 and April 22 | Admitted Students 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. See the full schedule of events here. Register on your application status portal.

April 10 | Purposeful Work in Washington, D.C.

Join fellow Bates alumni, students, families, and friends at the Newseum where we will share findings from a groundbreaking study examining the critical connection of personal purpose and work and the implications for the American workforce. We hope you will join us for this lively discussion moderated by President Clayton Spencer. Register on your application status portal.

Ongoing | Admitted Students Overnight

We love our 4-4-1 calendar, and we bet you will too! The only downside? It makes April a tricky month to host overnights. We’ve found a few pockets where your future classmates are on campus (and not studying for finals) and hope that you are able to join us. Bates will be offering overnight visits to admitted Regular Decision candidates in March and April. Register on your application status portal.

Ongoing | Campus Visit

Tour campus with a current student, sit in on a class, attend an information session, meet with your regional admission representative, dine in Commons, and connect with your future classmates. Please register for your Campus Visit here. To sit in on a class, please review our course listings and email the professor to make sure the class is available.

May 17 | Maine Day

More information will be available shortly.

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!

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.