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’re at work designing a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you, for which the schedule will be available in early 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


Key Information

For Students

Garnet Gateway

Your student information portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus will open June 1st and use access information that will be mailed to you in late May. For students joining us internationally, you will receive information about accessing the Garnet Gateway via email.

Common Reading 2018

The Common Read Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, is at work selecting the Common Read for 2018. We look forward to sharing that selection in early Summer and welcoming you to join the conversation when you arrive in the fall.


Learn more about last year’s Common Read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson here.

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