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. Check out our move-in day campus map.

The Garnet Gateway is open first-year students – please check your Bates Admission Portal to gain access.  You must complete all of the new student forms prior to your arrival on campus.  For more details about when forms are due, please click here.

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