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. Bates College is proud to be a national leader in first-year experience programs.
First-year arrival day for the Class of 2028 is Thursday, August 29, 2024. The on-campus orientation schedule will be posted by March 8, 2024.
The Garnet Gateway opens on May 15, 2024. All forms that entering students need to complete before arriving on campus are contained in the gateway. Garnet Gateway access information can be located in an entering student’s secure admission portal. To get to Garnet Gateway you can click here or go to the Bates Quad and click on “Log in to Garnet Gateway.”
The Class of 2028 Summer Resources Lyceum Page opens on June 17, 2024. More information come soon! This site will have information on course registration, academic exploration opportunities, Bates’s history and commitments to equity and inclusion, and the range of campus resources and supports available. To access your Summer Resources Lyceum page, you can click here or go to the Bates Quad and click on “Lyceum.”
More information about International Circle Orientation can be found here. This pre-orientation program is open to all international students and takes place before New Student Orientation.
More information about the Kessler Scholars Program can be found here. The Kessler Scholars Program provides first-generation college students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and thrive on campus and beyond. This program includes a pre-orientation program.
Please stay attuned to college announcements throughout the summer for more information about First-Year Orientation.
First-year students are assessed a fee which appears on the fall semester bill. This one-time fee covers the cost of programming, transportation for orientation activities, and the cost of meals during orientation before the meal plan begins.
Get prepared for your 1st semester at Bates
- Arrival day for the Class of 2027 is Thursday, August 31, 2023
- Academic Advising and Registration Overview
- Academic Calendar
- Recommended Entry Courses
- Why Taking a 1st Semester Language Course is Important
Things to know before you get to campus
- Courses & Academic Requirements
- Official Class Instagram Group (@bates2027_official)
- Connect with Campus Life on Instagram
- Garnet Gateway
- IT @ Bates
- Room Services and What to Pack
- STEM Scholars
- International Circle Orientation
- Kessler Scholars Program
- Student Employment
Your student information portal
The Garnet Gateway, your student information portal will open in early June. The forms you need to complete before arriving on campus are contained in the gateway. In June, your Garnet Gateway access information can be located in your secure admission portal.
Important information to complete before you arrive
The first-years forms are what you will need to fill out before you arrive on campus. Each form is linked to the site where you can fill in your information. Please make sure you’re logged on to Garnet Gateway in order to access the forms.
Get in touch with us
First-Year Experience and Orientation
96 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: (207) 755-5900