Congratulations on your decision to join our academic community at Bates. The Student Affairs team, and colleagues across the college, looks forward to welcoming you to campus this fall.

There are a number of administrative matters you will need to attend to over the summer, and many of them can be found on this website as well as the Garnet Gateway. We have designed a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you. Opening Day is Monday , August 29th and the full schedule for Orientation 2016 can be found here.

If you have any questions please reach out via firstyearstudents@bates.edu.


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

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Garnet Gateway

Opening Tuesday, May 24: Your portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus. 

Assistance with the Garnet Gateway can be accessed via the Help Desk.

Common Reading 2016

The selection for this year’s Common Read is This I Believe, co-edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. As we work to develop curriculum for this program and provide updates and opportunities for engagement throughout the summer, get started by purchasing a copy of the text and begin reading at your leisure.

You can find a brief study guide for the book here.

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