Residence Life


Mission Statement

The goal of the Residence Life program at Bates College is to foster residential communities that support our students’ personal growth through critical thinking, and social and intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. The dynamic role that residential living plays in Bates students’ lives serves as a integral component of the educational mission of the college. Our student Residence Life Staff work in various roles to facilitate a strong sense of community among our student residents, whether in the smallest houses or the largest residence halls on campus.

Junior Advisor

Junior Advisors (JAs) work with their individual First Year Centers comprised of 12-20 First Year residents. JAs introduce incoming students to the positive aspects of residence life at Bates. JAs serve as mentors to their residents as they begin the process of becoming part of the broader academic and social community transitioning into college.

Residence Coordinator

Residence Coordinators (RCs) work within upper-class buildings and houses to promote and maintain the positive residential experiences of our upper-class students. RCs offer a variety of residence-specific programming for the students in their building and serve as a connection to campus resources.

Residence Coordinator Team Leader

Residence Coordinator Team Leaders (RCTLs) are experienced Residence Life staff members that work in an advisory and support capacity with Junior Advisors as well as serving in the role of an RC to upper-class students. RCTLs work with JAs within First Year buildings to assist in building a positive First Year living experience and to connect First Years with upper-class students.

Frye Street Union Programming Coordinator

The Frye Street Union Programming Coordinator (FPC) is dedicated to maintaining consistent programming throughout each semester and utilizing Frye Street Union as an active programming space. In addition to supporting a complete programming model, the FPC acts as the RC for Frye Street Union.

Residence Life Position Applications

All Applications  can be found under the headings above where you can learn more about each position.  This page is for quick access to job applications.


The JARC Staff provides the community with robust programming focused on topics such as community engagement, late night programming, sexual respect, and relationship building. These programs allow students to participate actively in their residence in an engaged and meaningful way. In addition to fostering a tight-knit community, JARC Staff members grow on an individual level both personally and professionally.

Staff Selection Process

The hiring process for the upcoming school year’s Residence Life staff begins in mid-January. Application materials are available online and at the Office of Residence Life and Health Education in Chase Hall in January. We require letters of recommendation in addition to the completed applications. Your completed application materials will be read by  current JARC staff members, staff and faculty members, and members of Student Affairs.

Staff will be selected based on application review and an interview in early or mid-February by a committee composed of members of Student Affairs, faculty, staff, and current JAs/RCs. All staff are appointed by Student Affairs and work closely with the Deans in carrying out their duties.

November 5
Applications available for applicants going abroad Winter Semester 2019
November 7
Information session for those going abroad Winter Semester 2019 and interested in applying to be on staff for the 2019-20 year- Commons 211, 7-8pm
November 8
Information session for those going abroad Winter Semester 2019 and interested in applying to be on staff for the 2019-20 year- Commons 226, 7-8pm
Wednesday, December 5 Deadline for applicants going abroad for Winter Semester 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
December 6-8 Interviews for applicants going abroad for Winter Semester
Wednesday, January 16 Applications available online and at the Housing & Residence Life Office
Thursday, January 24 Information session for potential applicants at 7:00 in Commons 226
Monday, January 28 Information session for potential applicants at 4:15 in Commons 225
Tuesday, February 5 Junior Advisor, Residence Coordinator, and RC Team Leader applications deadline (All materials, including references, must be turned into the Housing & Residence Life Office before 4:00.)
Week of February 11 Junior Advisor interviews
Week of February 25 Residence Coordinator and RC Team Leader interviews
Monday, March 4 Junior Advisor, Residence Coordinator, and RC Team Leader decisions emailed to applicants
Friday, March 8 Junior Advisor, Residence Coordinator, and RC Team Leader contracts due

Personal Responsibility and Social Conduct

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Traditionally, Bates has taken pride in the responsibility of its students and the social and educational atmosphere of its campus. We do hold our students responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who becomes disorderly, is involved in any disturbance, interferes with the rights of others, damages property, brings the name of the College into disrepute, or is involved, as an individual or part of a group, in unacceptable social behavior on or off campus may be subject to disciplinary action by the Student Conduct Committee.

Statement of Community Principles

Membership in the Bates community requires that individuals hold themselves and others responsible for honorable conduct at all times. Together we create the educational and social setting that makes Bates College unique, with an atmosphere characterized by trust and mutual concern. Our actions must support our ability to productively and safely work, study, live and learn together. We are dedicated as a community to intellectual honesty and the protection of academic freedom. These values are fundamental to scholarship, teaching and learning. We expect each other to maintain the highest integrity in all of our academic and social undertakings.