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 2021.

In the meantime, you can mark your calendars: Opening Day¬†of Orientation for all students entering Bates this fall will be Monday, August 28th, 2017. 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.

We’ve worked to designing a vibrant, engaging, and informative orientation program for you, the schedule for which is available here. As always, feel free to explore and ask questions as they arise.


Carrie Murphey ’06
Assistant Dean of Students for First-Year Programs


Garnet Gateway

Your student information portal, with access to all the forms you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus will open June 1st and use access information that will be mailed to you in late May. For students joining us internationally, you will receive information about accessing the Garnet Gateway via email.

You can view the checklist overview here.

Common Reading 2017

The Common Read for 2017 is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. We look forward to having you join the conversation about this thoughtful and moving book when you arrive in the fall.


Learn more about the Common Read here.

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