AESOP 2020

Our mission is to engage and empower every incoming Bates student to be their authentic selves through off-campus, student-led orientation programs. AESOP is committed to designing experiences which are accessible, fun, and catered to all skill-levels. Through small-group experiences, we foster inclusivity, enduring friendships, and a strong connection to place. AESOP welcomes each incoming student with warmth and compassion to the Bates community, providing them the foundation and confidence to navigate their first-year experience.

Our Values Include:

  • Having fun!
  • Building community across communities
  • Creating inclusive spaces and experiences
  • Showing compassion for one another
  • Leaning into new experiences
  • Being committed to risk management and well-being
  • Embracing positive leadership
  • Providing support for all students
  • Connecting first-year students to their new home
  • Encouraging growth

This page is meant to provide you with all the information you need to know about Bates’s Annual Entering Student Orientation Program (AESOP). AESOP is led by student AESOP Coordinators in collaboration with the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. The AESOP experience involves upperclass student leaders welcoming the incoming class to life at Bates through a 4 day, 3 night trip. Our trips take place all over Maine and New Hampshire and include everything from community engagement to rock climbing. Feel free to explore the trips we have to offer, read the bios of our student coordinators and leaders, and learn about the history of AESOP! You can find the perfect trip by following the link: “What Trip Should I Choose” and, when the time comes, you’ll be ready to submit your trip preferences. All entering students will participate in an AESOP trip. Pres-season athletes will participate at the discretion of their coaches, so athletes should check with their respective coaches to see if they are able to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

The $300 cost of AESOP will be billed directly to the Student’s Account. If you feel you need assistance in covering this fee, please email