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 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.
Get prepared for your 1st semester at Bates
Things to know before you get to campus
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