The admission requirements and procedures are designed to help the College
select, from among the men and women applying, those best qualified to
profit from the educational opportunities at Bates. As the emphasis is
on the liberal arts and sciences, the secondary school record should give
assurance of success in these fields. Applicants must present evidence
of intellectual interest, good character, and thorough scholastic preparation.
The College values liveliness, thoughtfulness, and curiosity; it seeks
in its student body a range of intellectual, extracurricular, and personal
energies. Each applicant is considered individually, and the dean of admissions
may make exceptions to any requirement.
1. Application Form. Bates uses the Common Application as well
as a supplement. Aside from biographical data, the application requests
information concerning the academic and extracurricular interests of the
applicant. The required essay gives the applicant the opportunity to write
on a suggested topic or one of personal choice. Additional writing samples
or other evidence of creative ability are encouraged.
2. Record in Secondary School. The secondary school record should
consist of courses of a substantial college-preparatory nature. Individual
cases may vary, but it is recommended that a student should have taken
four years of English, at least three of mathematics, three of a foreign
language, three of social science, and at least two of a laboratory science.
3. Recommendations. The College receives recommendations from
school officials and references named by the applicant. It should be understood
that when the student waives the right to inspect that information, it
is kept in strict confidence and is available only to appropriate College
4. Standardized Test Scores. The submission of standardized testing
(the SAT I, SAT II, and the ACT) is optional for admission. Independent
of the admissions process and solely for the purpose of the College's
research, students who have taken the standardized tests must submit the
official results of these tests upon matriculation.
5. Results of a Personal Interview. The applicant should seek
an interview with a member of the College's admissions staff or a designated
alumni representative in the home area. Candidates without an interview
may be placing themselves at a disadvantage in the evaluation process.
Early in the senior year (in any event not later than 15 January)
a student should mail the application for admission. A nonrefundable fee
of $50 must accompany the application. Students for whom the fee would
be a financial hardship may have their guidance counselor submit a College
Board "Request for Fee Waiver" with their application. Application forms
may be secured by writing to the Dean of Admissions, Bates College, 23
Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240. Application forms are also available
on the Admissions Web site (www.bates.edu/admissions/).
The Admissions Office reaches its decision only after it has received
the completed application form, essay, and all the data in support of
an application: the transcript of the secondary school record and recommendations
from the guidance counselor and from two teachers.
As a general rule, applicants are notified of decisions in late March.
An accepted student is asked to respond with a payment upon acceptance
of $300 postmarked by the candidates' reply date of 1 May. Part of this
payment is credited to the student's annual charge. Students regularly
enter college at the beginning of the academic year in September, although
the College accepts a number of students for January matriculation.
Candidates who are certain that Bates is their first choice
are encouraged to apply for Early Decision (ED). Applicants for ED must
fill in the written request for consideration on the application and assure
the College that they will enroll if admitted. Regular applications may
be submitted to other colleges with the understanding that the candidate
will withdraw these applications if he or she is accepted at Bates under
Students who file an ED application and whose credentials are complete
by 15 November (Round I) receive a decision by 20 December. The application
deadline for ED Round II is 1 January, and students receive a decision
by 1 February.
For some students college is a richer and more relevant experience
if they take a year to engage in some nonacademic pursuit between high
school and college. For this reason the College will grant deferred admission
to candidates who are accepted in the normal competition. An applicant
should indicate in the application that he or she is a candidate for deferred
admission. If qualifications warrant it, acceptance is granted and matriculation
is postponed until either January or September of the following year.
Extremely capable students may be ready for college before
they have completed the normal four-year, secondary school program. The
College welcomes inquiries from those who think they are prepared scholastically
and are sufficiently mature personally and socially to undertake college
Bates participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the
College Entrance Examination Board. A student who achieves a score of
four or five on an Advanced Placement examination given by the Educational
Testing Service may be granted two course credits, or one course credit
in the case of Advanced Placement courses covering the equivalent of one
semester of college work. A student achieving a score of three on an examination
covering the equivalent of two semesters of college work may be granted
one course credit, upon approval of the chair of the appropriate department.
No credit is granted for a score of three on an examination covering the
equivalent of one semester of college work. Individual departments and
programs decide whether an Advanced Placement examination covers the equivalent
of one or of two semesters of college work, whether any Advanced Placement
credit permits exemption from their particular courses or major requirements,
and whether Advanced Placement credits in their discipline provide exemption
from any General Education requirements.
A maximum of eight Advanced Placement credits can be applied to the Bates
Credit is awarded only upon receipt of the official International
Baccalaureate transcript with the examination scores. The IB subjects
must be equivalent to subjects taught at Bates, with "English" accepted
only if the focus was on literature rather than language instruction.
For courses taken in the "Higher Level Subjects" category, one Bates course
credit may be awarded for each IB course with an examination grade of
5. Two Bates course credits may be awarded for each IB course with examination
grades of 6 or 7. For courses taken in the "Standard Level Subjects" category,
one course credit may be awarded for each course with an examination grade
of 6 or 7. A maximum of eight International Baccalaureate credits may
be applied to the Bates academic record.
Advanced Standing for Transfer
The College welcomes applications from students who wish to
transfer to Bates from other institutions. Bates will transfer courses
completed at accredited colleges and universities under guidelines established
by the faculty. The College's transfer credit policy is described in detail
on page 29.
A student must complete thirty-two courses (one course being equal to
one course credit at Bates) and two Short Term units in order to graduate.
A transfer student must attend a minimum of four semesters and earn a
minimum of sixteen course credits and two Short Term units at Bates to
earn a Bates degree. While students may have earned more than sixteen
transferable credits, they must choose which sixteen they wish to apply
to their Bates record at the time of transfer.
The following credentials are due in the Office of Admissions by 1 March
(15 January for international students) for fall semester consideration
and 1 November for winter semester consideration: the application and
fee; official secondary school and college transcripts; a college catalog
describing courses completed and those in progress; a statement of good
standing from a college official; three letters of recommendation (two
from faculty, one from a personal source); and an essay concerning the
applicant's motivation to transfer. Submission of standardized testing
results is optional. An interview is strongly recommended.
The College encourages international candidates with superior
academic and personal qualifications to apply for admission to Bates.
Non-United States citizens must submit the following: an application form,
official or certified copies of secondary school transcripts, a school
profile and/or explanation of the school's marking system if available,
letters of recommendation, certificates of completion and national examinations
(if applicable), and the Bates Financial Statement for International Students,
which may be obtained from the Admissions Office.
All documents must be presented in English; original documents must accompany
all certified translations. Applicants living abroad are advised to make
copies of their applications and to mail them well in advance of the deadlines.
Students who speak English as a second language, regardless of where
they live, must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) or an equivalent form of testing. The College will accept only
official score reports. Submission of SAT I, SAT II, or ACT results is
optional for all students.
Need-based financial aid is available for international students. All
non-U.S. citizens must complete the Financial Statement for International
Bates welcomes applications from students attending other colleges
who wish to enroll for a limited time as nondegree, visiting students.
Enrollment on a visiting basis can be for one semester or a year. While
enrolled, visiting students pay the same tuition, room, and board fees
and have the same privileges and obligations as regular degree candidates.
They are not, however, eligible to receive financial aid or to play an
NCAA-sanctioned varsity sport. At the end of the term of study, a transcript
of the visiting student's course work is sent to the home institution
To apply, the student should file the regular application for admission,
indicating visiting student status, and submit the following credentials:
an official college transcript, two letters of recommendation from college
faculty, a letter of recommendation from a dean or advisor, a statement
of good standing from a college official, and an essay explaining the
student's interest in Bates and in becoming a visiting student. An interview
is strongly recommended.
High School Students
Under a program arranged in conjunction with the guidance offices
at area high schools, a limited number of qualified high school seniors
may enroll in a Bates course each semester free of charge. Application
is made through the high school guidance office to the Bates Admissions
Office. Students will receive a transcript following successful completion
of each course. Each student is limited to one course per semester for
a total of two courses under this program.
Each semester, as space within College courses permits, Bates
admits special students who are not degree candidates. Those who already
hold a bachelor's degree from a four-year college are normally ineligible
for the program; exceptions may be made for teachers wishing to recertify
their skills, for Bates employees, or for Bates graduates who need particular
courses to qualify for graduate school programs. No more than two courses
may be taken each semester; the fee per course for 20012002 is $900.
No financial aid is available for special students. A special-student
transcript is produced following completion of each course. Special students
are not degree-seeking candidates and are limited to a maximum of six
courses as special students at Bates.
Interested applicants should submit the special-student application form
with a $25 application fee to the registrar one month prior to the beginning
of the semester, and meet with the dean of students.
Special students who later wish to matriculate must meet admissions requirements
and will be subject to decisions made by the dean of admissions and the
registrar concerning the credits toward a degree, which may include consideration
of courses completed as a special student.
Application to audit a course is made with the registrar in
consultation with the instructor of the course. Permission to audit a
course will be withheld if, in the judgment of the registrar or the instructor,
it is not appropriate to audit the course or too many applications to
audit are received.
Members of the College staff, their spouses or partners, and their dependents
may apply to audit courses with permission from the Office of Human Resources.
The auditing fee for nonmatriculated students in 20012002 is $100.
No credit is earned; the audit is not recorded on a permanent record.
An auditor should not expect to have papers and exams graded; therefore,
auditing is seldom permitted in courses where the method of instruction
involves significant individual attention and guidance. Matriculated Bates
students may audit courses with prior permission of their advisor, the
instructor of the course, and the registrar. An audited course may not
be converted to a course taken for credit at a later date.
Student Retention and Graduation
The federal Student Right to Know Act requires institutions
of higher education to make available graduation rates. Bates has calculated
an 87-percent graduation rate for first-time students entering in September
1995, using the guidelines published in the 10 July 1992 Federal Register.
This calculation does not include students who have transferred into the
College from other institutions.