Live Virtual Programming

These Connect 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 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 button above.

September 7 – December 3

Monday7:00pm ET
Wednesday8:00am ET
Thursday7:00pm ET

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

Live Virtual Guided Tours

Join current students for a live, multimedia guided exploration of our beautiful campus. They’ll lead tour groups virtually through the historic Quad, classrooms, our dining Commons, residential halls, and more! Register by clicking the button above.

September 7 – December 3

Monday 6:00pm ET
Thursday6:00pm ET

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

Bobcat Chats: Student Panel

By students, for students. Bobcat Chats are a bi-weekly virtual panel of current Bates students (no staff allowed). There’s no set presentation, so come with plenty of questions! Curious about getting to know the college or how Bates students spend their time? Just ask!

Wednesdays at 7:00pm ET on:

  • September 15
  • September 29
  • October 13
  • October 27
  • November 10
  • December 1

Register by clicking the button on the top of the page.

Online Alumni 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. All interviews are hosted by trained Bates alumni volunteers.

Interviews are available for prospective students planning on entering college in the fall of 2022. To request an Online Interview, click the button below:

Virtual Open House

Join us Thursday, October 7, 7:00-8:45pm ET, for our virtual Open House! Programming will include panels with current students, faculty, support staff, and admission and financial aid experts. See the full schedule for the evening below, and click the blue button to register!

Grab your coffee and snacks, sharpen your pencils, and get comfortable as the Admission Office welcomes you to the Virtual Open House.
7:05-7:10pmPerformance: A cappella
Listen to the voices of Batesies – literally!
7:10-7:30pmA Collaborative Residential Community: Student Voices
Hear from current Bates students as they discuss the college search process and Bates student experience.
7:30-7:55pmCreativity and Rigor: Faculty Panel
Faculty from different departments answer your questions about teaching and learning at a Liberal Arts College.
8:00-8:25pmEducating the Whole Person: Student Support
Our student support offices join the conversation! Hear from representatives of the Center for Purposeful Work, the Harward Center for Community Partnership, and the Office of Intercultural Education.
8:30-8:40pmThe Emancipating Potential of the Liberal Arts: ADM and SFS Q&A
A free-for-all, Q&A session with members from the Admission Office and Student Financial Services will close the evening.
Thank you for joining us! Next steps, what to expect, and get information about your regional representative.

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 1-855-228-3755 or To allow for appropriate arrangements, please contact us one week prior to your scheduled event, when possible.

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