Welcome, New Bates Students!

The Student Affairs team, along with current Bates students, staff, and faculty, look forward to welcoming our newest students to the Bates community.

First-year arrival for the class of 2026 will be on Wednesday, August 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The arrival schedule is published here if you would like to see events for parents, support teams, and students on this day.

The Garnet Gateway will open for first-year students in mid to late May.

Please stay attuned to college announcements throughout the summer for more information about First-Year Orientation.