First Year Advising – Best Practices for Course Registration

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This page is meant to help members of the Bates faculty who serve as instructors and advisors in First-Year Registration.  Your mileage may vary.



  1.  The Ideal First Year Schedule
  2. General Education Requirements
  3. Credit for AP, IB and A-Level Courses
  4. Bates Placement Tests
  5. Physical Education Requirement
  6. FAQs on Science courses and programs
  7. FAQs on Digital and Computational Studies
  8. FAQs on Language courses and programs
  9. The Registration Process and Schedule (and technical issues)
  10. Checklist


Mary Meserve and colleagues in the registrar’s office are on duty.  Phone number 207-755-5949, email Blake Reilly in Student Affairs is available at 207-755-5979 or via email at For issues logging in, ask them to call the Help Desk at 207-786-8222 or email (including screenshots is incredibly helpful.) If calling, let them know they may need to leave a message – in their message, they should include their name, contact information, and a clear description of the question they have.  

The website for First-Year Student Orientation is: