Interview with Bates

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process.

On-Campus interviews last 25-30 minutes.?If you are unable to schedule an on-campus interview, you may request an Off Campus Interview with an alumnus/a in your area. Off Campus Interviews are available both domestically and internationally, and carry the same weight as an on-campus interview.

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On-Campus Interview Dates and Deadlines

High School Seniors February 14, 2020 Last day to interview on campus
High School Juniors February 24, 2020 First day to interview on campus
Transfer Students March 27, 2020 Last day to interview on campus

After February 14, transfer students applying for the Fall 2020 semester may request an on-campus interview by emailing Margaret Galligan-Schmoll at

Off-Campus Interview Dates and Deadlines

Alumni Interviews (only available for high school seniors and transfer applicants)

Admission Plan Deadline to Request Alumni Interview Deadline to Complete Alumni Interview
Early Decision I ?November 1, 2019 ?November 15, 2019
?Early Decision II ?January 3, 2020 ?January 10, 2020
?Regular Decision ?January 24, 2020 February 7, 2020
?Transfer ?March 6, 2020 March 13, 2020

Tips for a Great Interview

The interview is our best chance to meet the person behind the credentials. Don’t worry, we won’t put you on the spot with trick questions. Instead, we want to hear about your goals, strengths and growth opportunities. We want to know what’s made you the person you are.

  1. Be prepared. Read our viewbook, browse the website, and have some questions ready. We’ll want to know what sparked your interest in Bates and what you believe the college will offer you as a student and as a human being.
  2. Be yourself. Qualities such as thoughtfulness, intellectual curiosity and humor are much admired — don’t be afraid to wonder out loud about your dreams and what your future may hold. Don’t assume that you must have “all the answers” to life’s big questions. Just be ready to share your ideas and questions in a thoughtful and articulate fashion.