Congratulations on being admitted to Bates and for accepting the offer to join our academic community. The Student Affairs team as well as current students, staff, and faculty across the college, look forward to welcoming you to campus as members of the Class of 2020.

We are at work designing a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you. We appreciate your patience as we make these annual revisions to the program and Entering Students website throughout the Spring. In the meantime, feel free to explore and ask questions as they come up – firstyearstudents@bates.edu.


Carrie Murphey
Assistant Dean of Students for First-Year Programs

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Important Dates 2016

  • Monday, August 29: Opening Day of Orientation. Move-in day for new students, including athletes. Orientation attendance is required for all new students. Please note: there is optional programming intended for parents and families on this day until 6 p.m.
  • Monday, August 29-Tuesday, September 6: New Student Orientation and AESOP
  • Wednesday, September 7: Classes begin

Full list of dates and checklist items will be shared in late Spring

Contact Us

Contact Us

Office of Campus Life
56 Campus Avenue
Chase Hall, 108
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: 207-755-5979 firstyearstudents@bates.edu

Garnet Gateway

Your portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus will use the same access information that you used for admission. Hang on to your access information and stay tuned for the checklist in late Spring.

Common Reading 2016

We are in the process of making the Common Reading selection for 2016.


If you’d like to catch up on last year’s Common Read, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Commencement speaker, Danielle Allen, visit the conversation.