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Grow. Learn. Transform at Bates Technical College. Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started. Over 800 students graduate from Bates each year and with over 50 programs offering both short-term certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options, you're sure to find the right program that will help you reinvent yourself.

Not sure yet what you want to study or what programs are offered at Bates? Explore our program offerings. If you're ready to get started, follow these simple steps below.

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Step One: Attend an information session

  •  Sign up for a free session. 
  • At the information session, our admissions officers will share important information about the application process, resources to pay for college and admissions requirements.

Step Two: Apply for admission to Bates

  • Complete your online application. Submitting an application is free.
  • Upon acceptance, you will receive an email that includes your next steps. 

Step Three: Apply for financial aid

Step Four: Establish college placement

  • If you have attended college before, you will need to obtain official college transcripts.
  • If you are a first time college student, you can submit your high school transcripts and SMARTER BALANCE results if you are a high school graduate as of June 2016; or you can submit official advanced placement scores.
  • If you have assessment scores from an entry assessment within the past two years, you can bring those to your registration appointment.
  • If you do not have transcripts, you can take the Accuplacer assessment at the college's testing center. The test is $25 and offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at our Downtown Campus. 

Step Five: Register for classes

  • Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to register for classes. All new students are required to meet with a career advisor to register for classes their first quarter. Call 253.680.7002 to schedule your appointment.
  •  Please bring your assessment scores or transcripts to this appointment.
  • Your non-refundable $50 registration fee is due at this time. If the registration fee is a hardship, please discuss this with your career advisor as alternative funding sources are sometimes available.

Step Six: Attend New Student Orientation

  • Register to attend a New Student Orientation. Get your parking pass and student ID. Learn about student resources at the college.