Live Virtual Programming

These pages provide many ways to meet our community members and ask your important questions. From our live virtual offerings to our inboxes, we’re looking forward to joining you in conversation. 

Learn more about our offerings below. To attend any of this programming, please click on the red button.

Virtual Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions

Bates offers live virtual information sessions to provide greater insight on our campus, community, and holistic admission process. Register by clicking the red button above.

For an on-demand experience, we invite you to watch our recorded information session.

Imagine Bates Virtual Event

Imagine Bates is a unique virtual event on Zoom on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM (EDT), where you can experience and hear (virtually) what life and learning is like at Bates. You’ll meet current students and staff who will help you envision yourself at Bates as scholars, artists, athletes, and engaged community members.

Bates welcomes all seniors to the Imagine Bates event, including students who are historically underrepresented from higher education (such as first-generation-to-college and low-income students). Our commitment to equity and inclusion is a guiding principle behind Imagine Bates — an event for students who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. Space is limited to 300 attendees.

Bobcat Chats: Student Panels

Bates offers live panels of current students who will discuss all facets of the student experience and be available to answer your questions. No admission staff members are present, as this is meant to be a casual opportunity to connect in real time with students. We encourage you to come with plenty of questions and curiosity!

This fall, Bobcat Chats are themed on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm (EDT)! You can see the various topics below, and register for the one(s) that most aligns with your interests and curiosities.

  • Wednesday, October 4: Academics & Research
    Hear from students across a range of disciplines about Bates’ rigorous but collaborative academic environment. Research opportunities and examples will be highlighted.
  • Wednesday, November 1: Living in Vacationland
    Learn how students spend their free time in Lewiston and the rest of Maine. Tips on having fun even in Maine winters included!
  • Wednesday, November 15: Balance at Bates
    Discover how students balance academic and extracurricular life at Bates, while still promoting well-being for themselves and each other.
  • Wednesday, November 29: Student Life
    Gain an understanding of the ins and outs of student life at Bates, from clubs and organizations, to living on campus, to favorite traditions.

Register by clicking the red button above!

Virtual & In-person Alumni Conversations

An Alumni Conversation is an 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 aligns with your interests and aspirations. You can indicate your preference for a virtual or in-person conversation. Conversations are not interviews, and they are both optional and informational meaning you are not being evaluated.

The Alumni Conversation request form is now open for high school seniors and prospective transfer applicants.

Other Opportunities

There are other opportunities to get to know Bates. Request information, reach out to your regional admission representative, or connect with a current student. You may also register for an in-person campus visit. As always, we look forward to connecting with you as you explore Bates!

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 (207) 786-6000 or To allow for appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your scheduled event, when possible.

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