Opening Day: Monday, August 29th


7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All New Students Check-In/Move-In

Students should be dropped at Commons (136 Central Avenue) to check-in, while parents and families proceed to residence hall. Campus maps will be provided with parking noted.

Commons (student check-in)

Residence Halls (move-in)

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Resource Fair

All welcome to engage with a variety of campus offices with information pertinent to new students.TD Bank will be available on-site to open local student checking accounts.

Pettengill Hall , Perry Atrium
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Parent/Family and New Student Barbecue Library Quad
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Athletics Orientation

Required session for all new student athletes and their families

Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. International Student Group Greeting

All new international students and families welcome

Fireplace Lounge, Commons
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. AESOP Trip equipment check-out available

This is an open time to check-out equipment as needed. Additional time is provided in Tuesday’s Orientation schedule.

AESOP Equipment Room (Chase Hall Loading Dock)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Your Student’s First Year

Join Vice-President for Student Affairs, Josh McIntosh as he and colleagues from across campus provide an overview of what to expect from your student’s first year at Bates.


Corum Library Quad

(rain site: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building)

3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Orientation Week Leader (OWL) Led Trips to Wal-Mart

Limited space available

Meet by Commons on Central Avenue side
 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Campus Tours Leaving from outside Pettengill Hall
3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Parent and Family Sessions

These sessions will offer parents and family insight on opportunities for supporting their student through their transition into Bates as well as fostering purpose in their time here. Each session is offered twice and there will be a short break between sessions. New students should use this time to continue settling into their residence hall and meeting fellow new students.


Supporting Your Student’s Purposeful Work: How to Respond Each Year

Presentation by the members of the Purposeful Work initiative at Bates will discuss how parents and families can best support their student as they engage with opportunities throughout college and beyond.

3:00-3:50: Suggested time for last names A-L

4:00-4:50: Suggested time for last names M-Z

Olin Concert Hall, Olin Arts Center
Mike Weber: Your Student’s Transition to College

Join guest speaker Mike Weber as he shares insight into supporting your student as they transition into college.

3:00-3:50: Suggested time for last names M-Z

4:00-4:50: Suggested time for last names A-L


 Gomes Chapel


5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. President’s Welcome Address


Join President Clayton Spencer as she welcomes the Class of 2020 and their families to Bates.

Coram Library Quad

(rain site: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building)

Following welcome Farewell Reception and Family Goodbyes

Parents and families should plan their departure from campus for this time.

Library Terrace 2nd floor
6:30 p.m. First-Year Center (FYC) Dinner with JA (Junior Advisor)

This event and the remainder of Orientation is intended for new students.

7:30 p.m. Sunset on Mt. David with First-Year Center
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First-Year Fall Athlete Compliance Meeting Olin Concert Hall, Olin Arts Center
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Orientation Week Leader (OWL) Led Event:All Class Capture the Flag and S’mores

Get to know your classmates while competing against them in a giant game of Capture the Flag or making s’mores together around a fire.

Garcelon Field
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Orientation Week Leader (OWL) Led Events

Play pool, foosball, ping-pong, and various board games while enjoying some pizza and listening to music.

Chase Hall Lounge