Community Scholars

For 2020-21, due to the pandemic and in accordance with health and safety guidelines, Bates college is closed to visitors. Consequently, we have had to suspend our High School Scholar, Community Scholar, and Auditing programs. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus as conditions permit.

Bates College offers residents in the Greater Lewiston-Auburn area the opportunity to enroll in a limited number of courses at a reduced tuition and with a non-degree seeking status. Courses taken as a Community Scholar are limited to two per semester and may not exceed a total of four. Qualified students are admitted on a space available basis, as space permits. Upon successful completion of courses, students may request a copy of their Bates transcript.

Application:  Students apply for community scholar status by submitting an application form and paying the application fee no later than one month prior to the start of the semester. Application forms are available at the Registrar and Academic Systems office.

Registration Procedure: The course registration form is available at the Registrar and Academic Systems office. (Office hours are M-F, 9:00am – 4:00pm). The Schedule of Courses may also be viewed on the web by clicking on the “Schedule of Courses” link on the Registrar’s Office webpage.

Students must obtain written permission of the instructor to register for courses. Most instructors are available immediately before the start of the semester; therefore, course registration may be completed within the first ten days of the semester. The registration fee must be paid in full before registering for courses.

Students may make registration adjustments (adds/drops) by the deadlines listed in the Bates Catalog. There is a $50 late fee for any late registration adjustments.

Fees:  The application fee is $25, payable at the time of application for special student status. The fee is non-refundable. For 2019-2020, the Community Scholar course fee is $1,800. The course fee is payable at the time of registration.

ID Card:  Community Scholars will be issued a Bates ID card for access privileges during the period in which they are taking courses.

Refunds:  Community Scholars wishing to drop a class must submit a Registration Adjustment form to the Registrar’s Office before the last day to drop courses as listed in the Bates Catalog. Refunds will only be given prior to mid-semester as follows: first 10% of the semester, 90% refund; end of first 10% to end of first 25% of the semester, 50% refund; end of first 25% to the end of the first 50%, 25% refund.

Please note: Community Scholars may enroll in fall and winter semester courses only and may not enroll in a Short Term course.

For additional information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 207-755-5949 or