Welcome New Bates Students!

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 2022.

In the meantime, you can mark your calendars: Opening Day of Orientation for all students entering Bates this fall will be Monday, August 27th, 2018. This day will include residential move-in and offer sessions for parents and families that may be joining their students’ for arrival. Following Monday, all Orientation activities will be just for students and will extend through the first day of classes the following week.

We’ve worked to design a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you, for which you can find the schedule available here. As always, feel free to explore and ask questions as they arise.


Carrie Murphey ’06
Assistant Dean of Students for First-Year Experience


Garnet Gateway

Your student information portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus opened June 1st and uses access information that was available to you via your secure admission portal in late May.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Orientation and First-Year Programs
Bates College Office of Campus Life
56 Campus Avenue
Chase Hall 108
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: 207-755-5979 firstyearstudents@bates.edu

Common Reading 2018

The Common Read Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, has selected Real American: A Memoir, by Julie Lythcott-Haims as the Common Read for 2018. We look forward to sharing more about this selection with you over the summer.

Bryan Stevenson, the author of 2017’s Common Read, Just Mercy,  will be joining us on campus for this year’s Commencement. Learn more here.