Bates College RD 2023

I attended Prologue I…I was the only “local” student to attend (I live about an hour away from Bates). An amazing three days for sure!

I’m guessing the decision will be two saturdays from now, I believe the 23rd?

Bates Twitter account says RD results will be released on Saturday, March 16.

3 days left! Good luck EVERYONE!

does anyone have a guess about what time they will come out on sat?

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Does Bates track interest? I visited campus. Will that factor into my admission decision at all?


Yes, Bates cares about interest. If you are serious about Bates, @St678557 , be sure they know it. It will factor into the decision.

@lindagaf Do they automatically know that I visited or should I have let them know?

Did you sign in at the admissions office? Did you request an interview? Those are both good ways of showing interest.

@St678557 , decisions are due to be release in two days. At this point, it probably is all settled, with the possible exception that they are reviewing some applications for any irregularities in connection with the cheating scandal.

Also, Do Bates graduates typically have job offers before graduating?

Thank you. Yes, I signed in at admissions.

Bates has that info on its website. You can see the breakdown between those going into work, post-grad Ed, or other plans. Try googling Bates post graduation outcomes, or similar. In short though, itsemsthat only a tiny number do nothing after graduation.

Can we assure that the decision would be came out on April 1st?

Bates has posted that decisions will be released on Saturday, March 16.


@Lindagaf Maybe you could give me some more personalized information on the “liberal arts experience” that seems to be worshiped as a result of their advertising. I love the idea of the campus life of Bates and the well rounded education seems interesting. However, I just don’t understand how the employment numbers are so healthy. What do you do with a sociology, Italian studies, English, philosophy, etc major? I understand that their advertising point is that it’s about transferable skills as opposed to transferable knowledge. You gain critical thinking skills, learn to convey your argument, etc from these majors. This is a concept that I definitely believe in but I guess what I’m wondering is if employers buy into this concept. Could a Bates English major become like a finance person on wall street or something? I’d just like to know from an insider perspective what the humanity majors at Bates pursue for employment.

@St678557 I’m gonna chime in on your question. Not necessarily Bates specific, but was at an info session for anothe NESCAC and the admissions guy told a story about one of the big banks recruiting on campus. And the recruiter told them, they were looking for first and foremost, strong writers and communicators and they knew they could find it at this LAC. Bates would be similar.

@st6788557 I’m not quite sure what answer you are looking for. If you want to study accounting at Bates, that’s not going to work out too well. If you want to study mathematics, Bates is a great place to do it. There’s a difference between pre-professional courses and majoring in a science, or history, or whatever it might be. I think @wisteria100 hits the nail. Businesses are looking for people who can put it all together in their mind and communicate it effectively with others. Bates’ grads, and grads from many other schools can do that. Bates is rigorous. Businesses know that students from Bates are hard-working and intelligent, and that Bates’ profs have certain expectations. Students are
“well-trained” after four years at Bates.

I think most people would agree the big advantage of an LAC, be it Bates or elsewhere, is that you will have small classes right away (no, not every class will be small. D had a class with 60 people in it), but more importantly, you will be able to interact with professors and other students right away. That is really important. I can tell you hand on heart that my own child would simply not have had the opportunities she has had so far if she hadn’t been at a school like Bates. She’s gotten research positions, grants, selective study abroad opportunities, two campus tutoring jobs, internships, and so on, mostly because she has great recommendations from professors who know her. She knows them. They see her on campus and stop and chat on a first name basis. They tell her about various scholarships and research positions that are available. For a lot of students, that is just not going to happen at a big school.

I’ve been criticized by some elsewhere on CC for being a “cheerleader” for LACs, but I don’t care. The things my daughter has been able to do as a direct result of being at Bates simply would not have happened if she had been at a big school. Ok, maybe those things could happen if you are the kind of person who can go out and get those opportunities, but I am 100% convinced that it’s Bates, and the character of the professors and students that has enabled her to find her path. The ethos of Bates and the President, Clayton Spencer, is felt all over campus. This is a college that cares about its students, wants them to succeed, and gives them the tools to do so.

The employment numbers are healthy at Bates and other good LACs because the kids are well-educated, happy, encouraged, and have profs, admin and resources that are designed to help them succeed. Who doesn’t want to hire someone like that?