Back to Bates Essentials

Who Comes to Back to Bates Weekend?
Everyone! Alumni of all classes, current students, parents of current students, and friends are all invited to come back to campus for this fall weekend.

Getting to Bates
You can get here by plane, train, bus or car! Find more information on our directions page!

You may park in any legal spot on campus or nearby public streets. The largest campus lot is located between Underhill Arena and the Russell Street Track (enter from Russell Street).

Local Accommodations

A list of local hotels, motels, and inns can be found on our travel and accommodations page.

Pets on Campus
We certainly welcome your pet on campus during this momentous occasion. Please feel free to bring your pet to any of the events in the common areas as well as on the grounds as long as it is leashed. Unfortunately, with the exception of certified service animals, pets are not allowed in the dormitories. If you should choose to stay on campus, you will need to board your pet at a local kennel. Please read the full policy here. The Marriott Residence Inn (Auburn) charges a non-refundable fee of $100 for pets.

Meal ticket refunds will be issued until October 4. Refunds requested after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Your First Stop!
Please make the Welcome Center in Commons your first stop! Here you will find your name tag and Back to Bates schedule. The Welcome Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Relaxed! Pack your bag with comfortable clothes. Be sure to check the weather in the days prior to the weekend to adequately pack for rain, heat, cold, etc.

Future Back to Bates Weekend Date
October 2-4, 2020

Accessibility on Campus
Our goal is to ensure that Back to Bates weekend in an inclusive experience for all. If you anticipate a barrier on campus or within any of the programming, please contact Christine Schwartz at 207-786-8279. To ensure that we are able to implement any accommodations in a timely manner, please reach out to us by Friday, September 21.

Allergen Statement
Bates Dining labels food served for the following common allergens (nuts, dairy, egg, pork, fish, shellfish, vegan, coconut, gluten friendly, soy). However, it is important to note, that manufacturers may change the formulation of foods without our knowledge. Additionally, because food is prepared in a commercial kitchen and presented in a self-service environment, there is a possibility of cross-contact with allergens. Customers concerned about food ingredients should be aware of these risks and be proactive about their food choices. While it is ultimately the responsibility of the customer to decide whether or not to eat certain foods, we encourage you to direct specific questions to the chef on duty at the station or a manager.

If you have food-related allergy concerns we also strongly encourage you to contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining to discuss your needs.

We’re here to help! Contact us at or 888-522-8371.