Short Term

Conceived by the Faculty, Short Term is a period of focused academic study when students on campus engage in structured coursework for a three-week period. 

Eligibility

To remain in college housing, have meals, and/or card access for Short Term, students  (both on-campus and off-campus students) must be registered for one of the following activities:

  1. enrolled in a Short Term course through the registrar
  2. registered for an approved program through Events on Garnet Gateway
  3. participating as a rostered athlete for an in-season varsity sport**

Varsity Athletes**
In-season student-athletes who are not enrolled in a Short Term course or other approved program will need to vacate college housing and will have their access and meals terminated 48 hours after their season ends.

Application

Here for the winter semester? No Short Term Housing Application
You do not need to apply for housing to have access for Short Term if you meet the above eligibility and are on campus for the winter semester. Your winter semester booking will simply rollover. Off-campus students will also rollover and their meal plan will reflect their selection for the winter semester. Please see below if you were not on campus for the winter semester. 

Off-campus study program for the winter semester
Students participating in a Bates approved off-campus study program for the winter semester can register for one of the above activities and thus are eligible for housing, meals, and access during Short Term. Students in this category do need to fill in a HouseCat application. 

Students unenrolled for the winter semester
Unenrolled students may not return to campus for Short Term. Exceptions may be considered if a student needs a specific Short Term course to fulfill an essential academic requirement that cannot be met in future semesters. All eligibility is determined by the registrar

Course and Activity Registration

Students must be enrolled in a Short Term course through the registrar or registered for an approved program through the registrar.**  You should check the Short Term catalog for a full list of opportunities. 

Approved Program Examples 

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • EMT-B Course

Students may NOT remain on campus solely for the following reasons:

  • To be employed by an administrative office
  • To be employed off-campus
  • To be a volunteer
  • To begin a thesis
  • To be members of club sports teams or campus organizations

Senior Week

All seniors are allowed access on campus and meals for senior week: Wednesday, May 25th from 8 am until Sunday, May 29th at 5 pm. Seniors not staying for Short Term should keep their keys and will be able to move back into their space on Wednesday, May 25th at 8 am.

If you graduated in December or graduated in December, please email housing@bates.edu for a housing assignment. You must be here for one of the reasons above if you are interested in the previous weeks of Short Term.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I stay on campus if I don’t take a Short Term course?
Based on the variety of academic and enriching opportunities available during Short Term, there are several options students can register for through the registrar. You must enroll in a Short Term course through the registrar, register for an approved program through the registrar, or participate as a rostered athlete for an in-season varsity sport** to stay for Short Term. 

Can I move rooms for Short Term?
Because of the brief nature of Short Term, our office does not run a room change process for Short Term. Your winter booking will carry over to Short Term.

I’m a senior, who lives off-campus, how can I stay on the meal plan/have building access?
To be an active student and qualify for your card to work around campus, have meals, etc. the same eligibility requirements for on-campus apply. 

Can I stay and watch my friend graduate?
All non-seniors will lose access to their housing on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 5 p.m. If a close friend is graduating you should make plans to move your items out of your room, return your key, and arrange to stay with your graduating friend after Thursday at 5 p.m., as non-seniors will no longer have access.

Short Term Housing Process & Housing Dates

Saturday, March 5-  Friday, March 11, 2022 Registration for Short Term Courses. If a student is registered for a Short Term Course, they do not need to fill in a HouseCat application. Their housing will carry over.
Friday, April 1, 2022 Athletics produces rosters for spring varsity sports.  If a student is a rostered spring varsity athlete, they do not need to fill in a HouseCat application. Their housing will carry over until their season ends.*
Monday, April 11, 2022 Short Term Housing Applications open for students returning for Short Term only
Monday, April 18, 2022  Short Term Housing Applications close at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Residences close at 5:00 p.m. for students not staying for Short Term.
Sunday, May 1, 2022 Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m. for students that were not on campus for the winter semester. The board plan begins at dinner.
Thursday, May 26, 2022 Residence Halls close for non-seniors at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 2022 Senior residences close at 5:00 p.m.