Preparing for your arrival on campus

Dear New Students and Family Members,

On behalf of the entire Bates community, it is my pleasure to chime into the chorus of welcomes you’ve received and share my enthusiasm for your arrival on campus at the end of August. As anticipation builds, I am contacting you to share some important information you need in advance of your arrival.

The full schedule for Orientation is now available. We’d like you and your families to pay particular attention to the schedule for Opening Day on Monday, August 31. We hope to have all new students checked in and moved in between 7 a.m. and noon so that you can begin enjoying Orientation and Bates as soon as possible. When arriving on campus, all students should be dropped off at Commons in order to check in, and families will proceed directly to their student’s particular residence hall to await move-in.

100904_Moving_In__6703As part of your move-in process and preparation for the start of the school year, you can do some advance planning with regard to your personal computer and library use. Information and Library Services (ILS) offers free software and assistance in preparing your computer for the Bates network. Discover everything you need to know about technology on campus here. And don’t forget to get familiar with the library home page, your gateway for digital and print materials.

On the topic of books we know you’ll read at Bates, we hope you’ve been enjoying this year’s Common Reading, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by our Convocation speaker, Danielle Allen. In addition to Ms. Allen’s Convocation address, which will conclude Orientation 2015, a host of events engaging with the Common Reading will take place throughout Orientation. In fact, discussion of the book has already begun on campus. We look forward to having you join the conversation.

As a new member of the Bates community, we want to ensure you have every resource possible to engage with this community of scholars. Accessible Education at Bates College exists to empower students, strive for equity, and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. Students with disabilities can learn more about how to request services and access related resources here. It is recommended that students who wish to request an accommodation for the fall semester contact the Office of Accessible Education and Student Support at or 207-786-6222 as soon as possible so that there is ample processing time before the start of the semester.

Please ensure that you’ve completed all required forms and information by visiting the New Student tab on Garnet Gateway. Among the optional forms, I’ll draw your attention to the opportunity to share your talent at the New Student Talent Show that will take place during Orientation. A number of your brave classmates have already signed up, and it would be great to have a few more additions to the impressive slate of performances.

AESOPA reminder that all incoming students who are not fall athletes will be participating in AESOP trips, and the AESOP Coordinators have worked hard to ensure everyone was placed on a trip they will enjoy. If you have questions about your trip, please contact

We are looking forward to having you join us at Bates this fall. If you are still working on arranging travel to and from campus for Orientation, a reminder that resources we’ve gathered to help with your process are here. Whether you arrive by plane, train, or automobile, we can’t wait to see you here bright and early on August 31st to begin your Bates journey!

All the best,

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