Opening Day: Monday, August 28th

7am – 12pm
Check-In and Residential Move-In
All new students report first to Commons for key pick-up and check-in and then on to residence hall for move-in. You are welcome to arrive at any point during this range offered and will have plenty of time for settling in!
Commons Building – 136 Central Avenue

10am – 2pm
Resource Fair
Visit with representatives from a number of campus offices and resources.
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

10am – 2pm
Family and New Student Barbecue
Buffet lines will open early and families are encouraged to take their meal whenever their schedule allows
Library Quad

12:30 – 1:30pm
Athletics Welcome
Student athletes and their families are encouraged to attend this overview of Bates Athletics and welcome from the Athletic Director, Jason Fein, and his staff.
Clifton Daggett Gray Auditorium

1 – 1:45pm
International Students: Group Greeting
International students and their families are encouraged to attend this welcome session with James Reese, Associate Dean of International Student Programs.
Commons Building, Fireplace Lounge

1:30 – 4pm
AESOP Equipment Check-Out Available
If you requested loaner equipment for use on your AESOP trip, pick-up will be available a few times before trips depart so head on over when you’re able. If you’ve not yet requested equipment to borrow for your trip, please reach out to aesop@bates.edu to inquire about availability.
Chase Hall, AESOP Equipment Room

2 – 4pm
Parent and Family Sessions: While these sessions are not required, we invite families to take part in any of the sessions in which they have interest and for which they are available to attend. These sessions are designed with parents and families in mind, though students are welcome to join.

2 – 2:50pm
Purposeful Work at Bates
Learn more about Purposeful Work at Bates from Rebecca Fraser-Thill, a faculty member in the Psychology Department, and consider ways that you can support your student’s purposeful work during college and beyond.
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall

Supporting Your Student’s Success: We’re Here to Help
Learn more about advising and support resources at Bates with Associate Dean of the Faculty, Margaret Imber, and Senior Associate Dean of Students, Carl Steidel
Gomes Chapel

3 – 3:50pm
Enriching the Bates Experience: Tips for Supporting Student Engagement
Join Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Kim Trauceniek, Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life, to learn more about ways to support your student into meaningful engagement outside the classroom during their time at Bates.
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall

Supporting Your Student’s Success: We’re Here to Help
Learn more about advising and support resources at Bates with Associate Dean of the Faculty, Margaret Imber, and Senior Associate Dean of Students, Carl Steidel
Gomes Chapel

4:15 – 4:45pm
President’s Welcome Address
All are invited to enjoy a warm welcome from Clayton Spencer, Bates’ eighth President
Corum Library Quad
Rain Site: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

4:45 – 5:15pm
Farewell Reception and Family Goodbye
Bid adieu and grab a cookie or two.
Library Terrace (between Coram and Ladd Libraries)
Rain Site: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

**all remaining Orientation events are student-only**

6 – 7:30pm
First-Year Center (FYC) Dinner with Junior Advisor
Commons Building, seating by residential FYC

6 – 7:30pm
Transfer Student Dinner
Commons, Room 226

7:30pm
Sunset on Mt. David
Depart from Commons with FYC

8 – 9:00pm
First-Year Fall Athlete Compliance Meeting
Required for all first-year athletes competing in a fall sport.
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall

8:30pm – 12am
Orientation Week Leader (OWL) Led Events
Join the OWLs for fun events and opportunities to get to know one another throughout the evening. Beginning with Capture the Flag and S’Mores on Garcelon Field and Commons, and ending with a pizza social and game night in Chase Hall Lounge.