Registration Overview & Academic Advising – New Students
Logging into the Garnet Gateway
To get to the Garnet Gateway login page visit bates.edu/g. Log into the Garnet Gateway by entering your Bates ID number and your PIN (which was initially assigned to you by the Office of Admission).
How to Register
1. Find Fall Courses
Prior to registration, the Fall 2018 Schedule of Courses (those courses that will be offered in the upcoming fall semester) may be viewed in the Garnet Gateway by clicking on the “Search Schedule of Courses” in the teal box. The Schedule of Courses lists instructors, class meeting times, enrollment limits, and room assignments. Clicking on the title of a course brings up the description and additional information. The Bates Catalog includes full course information as well as major and minor requirements for all courses in the curriculum.
2. Enter Course Preferences
To indicate your preference for a course, click “Search Schedule of Courses,” enter the Fall 2018 term and select the department(s)/program(s) you are interested in (other search criteria are also available). Once the course offerings page comes up click in the checkbox to the left of the course section(s) you want and then click the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. Your course selections are not saved until you click the “Register” button. Be sure to view the results on the “Entering Students Registration” page. (A “C” in place of the checkbox means the course is already full and/or closed.)
3. Preferred vs. Alternate
Since some courses are limited we’ll run an optimization process after you register to randomly assign students to courses with limited seats. We want to ensure that you get as many courses as possible though so you should initially select 8 courses. (You’ll really only take 4 in the fall but we’ll explain how to mark 4 as preferred and 4 as alternates.)
As you add each course section from the “Search Schedule of Courses” page it will be marked “use as alternate.” Once you have your 8 courses on the “Entering Students Registration” page, select 4 courses (including 1 First-Year Seminar) which are your preferred courses and use the “change status” pull-down menu to change each of those 4 courses to “preferred course” and click “submit changes.” Be sure you have looked at the meeting time of each to be sure they don’t conflict! That leaves 4 courses (ideally 2 First-Year Seminars and 2 other courses) identified as “alternates” which we’ll use in case you don’t get all 4 preferred courses.
Note: When selecting courses and alternates you don’t need to select more than one section of the same course. For example: ECON 103 A is offered at 8:00am and ECON 103 B is offered at 11:00am. If you select section A and don’t get into it we’ll automatically try to get you into section B.
- When entering course preferences, error messages may appear. They include time conflicts, failure to meet a prerequisite requirement, failure to select a required linked discussion or laboratory section, etc. If an error appears, you are not registered for the course. Check this chart of common errors.
- Not all courses have spaces or are available for first-years. Be sure to look at the current enrollments and course attributes in the schedule.
- 200-level courses are only open first-years if so noted in the attribute column. Sample course results from the “Search Schedule of Courses”:
Sample of course search
Sample of a course with multiple laboratories: If a course has a lab (L1, L2, L3, etc.) or discussion (D1, D2, D3, etc.) you must register for a lecture section as well as one lab/discussion at the same time.
1) Request your preferred courses and alternates
July 16, 10:00 a.m. EST – July 20, 4:00 p.m. EST
Any time between July 16th (10:00 am Eastern Time) and July 20th (4:00 pm), log in and select your preferred 4 courses and 4 alternates (see instructions above)
Choosing a First-Year Seminar
Enrolling in a first-year seminar is strongly encouraged. You will have the opportunity to take a small-sized course especially designed for first-year students and the instructor of your seminar will also be your academic advisor. First-Year Seminars also satisfy your first-year writing, [W1], requirement.
2) Review Your Fall Schedule
Beginning August 15
Between July 21st and August 14th the Registrar’s Office will assign students into the courses they requested, randomly assigning students into the spaces in limited courses. You may then view the results of randomization and see which courses you gained entrance to beginning August 15th by logging into Garnet Gateway and looking at your “View Course Schedule”” page. This shows your current schedule after limited courses have been randomly filled. If you are happy with this schedule you are done!
3) Adjusting your Schedule (Add/Drop)
September 4, 7:00 am – September 18
If you need to make changes to your schedule or add additional courses, Add/Drop is on a first come, first served basis and will open for all students on Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 am. You will have a chance to meet with your advisor during orientation prior to add/drop opening.
Your first-year seminar instructor is looking forward to meeting you in the fall and serving as your pre-major Academic Advisor and talking with you about your academic choices and aspirations.
Even before you arrive on campus, though, members of the faculty and staff are available to advise you on course selection, answer your questions about requirements, and give you tips about areas of study that you may want to explore. Listed below are names and schedules of faculty members available to take your calls during the week prior to registration (July 9-13) as well as the week of registration (July 16-20). You can also find additional information about academic requirements and advanced placement through the Academic Information landing page.
Summer Faculty Advisors
The following is a list of faculty advisors who are ready and willing to help you with registration by phone or email. Regardless of their discipline affiliation (with noted exceptions), they are available for any advising questions you might have. It will help to read the materials on the web and the catalog to have as much information as you can before you call in. We would encourage you to take any placement tests necessary for particular disciplines (math, foreign languages) in advance of calling/emailing.