Welcome, Parents!

We hope you find the information on these pages useful.

Please be in touch with any questions or needs you don’t find answers to here. Are you thinking about visiting? Are you wondering what’s happening on campus? You’ll find the Bates community welcoming and helpful — and you’ll find a lot of the answers you’re looking for right here.

Summer Welcome Receptions

The Office of Parent Engagement and Development invites you and your Bates student to attend a Summer Welcome Reception in your area. These events are an opportunity to meet other incoming families as well as current Bates students and their families, alumni and members of the college community.

Click here for a list of locations.


Orientation 2014 will begin on Saturday, August 30, with optional activities beginning the afternoon of August 29 for students. There will be a Parent Orientation program on Saturday, August 30.

Please click here to see the schedule.

Parents & Family Weekend

Parents & Family Weekend 2014 will be held October 10-12. We hope to see you on campus!