Live Virtual Programming

Campus Visit Update: Bates Admission will be open to a limited number of registered visitors for guided Campus Tours beginning on June 14, 2021. For more information and to register, please see here.

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.

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.

June through August


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.

June through August

Monday 5:00pm

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

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.

June through August (not available June 1 – 6)

Monday, Thursday, Friday9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
Please note that all times are in Eastern Time (ET)

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.

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. The schedule for upcoming Bobcat Chats (in Eastern Time) is provided below. To register for a Bobcat Chat, please click the red button at the top of the page. Recordings of past Bobcat Chats, including a session on Financial Aid, are easily accessible on our Updates page or Bates on YouTube!

July 147:00pm
July 287:00pm
August 117:00pm
August 257:00pm

Ask the (College) Expert Series

Have questions about the college process? Don’t worry — we’re here to help! Ask the (College) Experts started as an award-winning YouTube series aimed at answering your biggest questions about college and the application process. Now, we invite you to take a deeper dive into these topics with our admission staff. The schedule for upcoming Ask the (College) Expert series (in Eastern Time) is provided below. To register for a session, please click the red button at the top of the page.

August 3, 7:00pmStarting Your College Search? What does Liberal Arts, Holistic Review, and Test-Optional Mean?
With thousands of college and universities to choose from, it can be difficult to know all the terms. Come learn more about what makes a liberal arts education special, and how our hollistic review process and test optional policy impacts the way we review applications .
August 17, 7:00pmAffording a Bates Education: Demystifying the Financial Aid Process
Concerned or confused about the financial aid process? Let us walk you through our Need Based Financial Aid model, what FAFSA and CSS Profile means, and help you understand how we make a Bates’ education accessible for all, by meeting 100% of a student’s financial need.
August 31, 7:00pmApplication Ideas and Tips!
Nervous about how to present yourself to a college? Come learn some tips about the best essays we’ve seen over the years, how to put your best foot forward in an interview, and what we feel makes for a competitive application.

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

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