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

The Garnet Gateway, your student information portal, is currently open.  The forms you need to complete before arriving on campus are contained in the gateway.  If you have not yet found your Garnet Gateway access information, it is 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.