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 2021.

In the meantime, you can mark your calendars: Opening Day of Orientation for all students entering Bates this fall will be Monday, August 28th, 2017. 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.

We are at work designing a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you and appreciate your patience as we make these annual revisions to the program and Orientation website throughout the Spring. In the meantime, feel free to explore and ask questions as they arise.


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


Garnet Gateway

Your portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus will use access information that will be mailed to you in May. Stay tuned for the checklist in late Spring.

Common Reading 2017

We are in the process of making the Common Reading selection for 2017.


If you’d like to catch up on last year’s Common Read, This I Believe, co-edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, visit the conversation.


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