Welcome New Bates Students!

Congratulations on being admitted to Bates and for accepting the offer to join our academic community. The Student Affairs team as well as current students, staff, and faculty across the college look forward to welcoming you to campus as members of the Class of 2023 and transfer students.

In the meantime, you can mark your calendars: Opening Day of Orientation for all students entering Bates in the fall of 2019 will be Monday, August 26th, 2019. This day will include residential move-in and offer sessions for parents and families that may be joining their students’ for arrival. Following Monday, all Orientation activities will be just for students and will extend through the first day of classes the following week.

We’re at work designing a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you, for which you can find the schedule in late Spring. Until then, feel free to explore and email  firstyearstudents@bates.edu  with questions as they arise.



Garnet Gateway

Your student information portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus will open in early June and will use access information you will receive via your secure admission portal in late May.

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

Common Reading 2019

During Orientation, the first-year class and many others in the Bates community will share the experience of reading the selected Common Reading for this year, Call Me American: A Memoir, by Abdi Nor Iftin.