Kessler Scholars Summer Pre-Orientation Overview

Below is a general overview of the Kessler Scholars Pre-Orientation program. Kessler Scholars should plan to participate in the full Pre-Orientation program from 8/25 to 8/28. More detailed information to be provided in early August.

Kessler Move-In Day Information

Date: August 25, 2023

Kessler Scholars are expected to arrive on campus in advance of other first-year students for an exclusive and personalized pre-orientation experience. Move-in day for Kessler Scholars arriving during business hours (8:00am-4:00pm EST) will be facilitated by Kessler Program staff and the First-Generation Peer Mentor team.

Detailed move-in day instructions will be sent via email in early August.

Optional: Family Pre-Orientation Sessions Information

Date: August 25, 2023

Move-In day includes optional engagement opportunities for family members or support systems who may be helping their student to move into Bates. We welcome you to learn more about Bates and the Kessler Scholars Program with your student.

If you have additional questions about Family Pre-Orientation Day, please reach out to the Director of First-Generation Programs, Dri Huber, at

Kessler Scholars Pre-Orientation Days

Date: August 26, 2024 & August 27, 2024

Pre-Orientation Days will introduce Kessler Scholars to resources critical to their success at Bates and help to building community with one another.

Kessler Scholars Field Trip Day

Date: August 28, 2024

The last day of pre-orientation is focused on going off-campus to engage in an activity and spend time with one another before beginning New Student Orientation the following day.

New Student Orientation

Program Date: August 29, 2023 – September 2, 2024

In addition to the Kessler Scholar pre-orientation program, students will participate in New Student Orientation with all first-year students. New Student Orientation takes place August 29 – September 2, 2024. More information about the FYE can be found by visiting the First Year Experience website.