Welcome, New Bates Students!

The Student Affairs team, along with current Bates students, staff, and faculty, look forward to welcoming our newest students on Opening Day of Orientation. Orientation will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Opening Day marks the start of Orientation and features residential move-in and sessions for parents and families.

The day concludes with a welcome address from President Clayton Spencer and a reception for new students and families. After Wednesday, all Orientation activities are just for students and will extend through the first day of classes the following week.

If you have questions in the days leading up to Orientation, please email firstyearstudents@bates.edu.

Garnet Gateway

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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Orientation and First-Year Experience
Bates College Office of Residence Life and Health Education
56 Campus Avenue
Chase Hall 209
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: (207) 755-5979 firstyearstudents@bates.edu

Free Access to Common Read Documentary, Dolores

We have provided streaming access to Dolores for free to you through using your Bates credentials. As you do, consider all the viewpoints presented and reflect upon your own life experiences as you prepare to embark upon the intellectual and personal journey that awaits you at Bates. We can’t wait to see you and start the conversation. In the meantime, enjoy the film and your summer.