Welcome Class of 2023

Hello new students,

I am pleased to have the opportunity to write to you on behalf of my colleagues in Student Affairs. As we begin to learn about you and your classmates, we are deeply impressed — and delighted that you will join our academic community this fall as a member of the Class of 2023.

In this community, you will live and learn alongside fellow students from across the country and the globe, taught and supported by a remarkably gifted faculty and staff dedicated to providing the best liberal arts college experience in the country.

The entire Student Affairs team and our campus colleagues look forward to welcoming you to Bates on the morning of Monday, August 26th. We have designed an engaging and informative orientation program for the Class of 2023 — some key dates are listed below.  As a part of this immersive program all new students (except for some of those who participate on a fall athletic team) will take an Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program (AESOP) trip, which will take place in the center of Orientation.

As you might expect, there are a number of administrative matters you will need to attend to over the summer. They are listed below, and you will find many of them on this Orientation website. If you have questions about these forms or anything else, please be in touch with me  via firstyearstudents@bates.edu.

I look forward to meeting you on August 26th. Meanwhile, I wish you all the best as you complete your senior year, celebrate high school graduation, and enjoy your summer.

Erin Foster Zsiga
Senior Associate Dean

Arrival and Orientation Dates

  • Friday, August 23
    Arrival date for international new students
  • Monday, August 26
    7:00 a.m. – 5:00pm
    Orientation Opening Day. Arrival and move-in date for new students (including athletes). Orientation attendance is required for all new students. During Opening Day, optional sessions will be offered to parents and families.
  • Tuesday, August 27,
    Wednesday, August 28
    New Student Orientation
  • Thursday, August 29
    All new students (fall athletes included at coach’s discretion) depart for AESOP Trips
  • Sunday, September 1, Return from AESOP trips
    Monday, September 2 (Labor Day),
    Tuesday, September 3, Convocation
    New Student Orientation
  • Tuesday, September 3
    Add/drop registration period begins
  • Wednesday, September 4
    Classes begin

Pre-Arrival Checklist Overview

Unless otherwise indicated, all pre-arrival tasks and related forms can be accessed via the Garnet Gateway.

  1. Access the Garnet Gateway to complete your required forms throughout the summer. You will be receiving instructions for accessing Garnet Gateway via your secure Admission portal in mid-May. After being prompted to update your credentials, assistance with the Garnet Gateway should be requested from IT Help Desk.
  2. Purchase Common Reading. Please note the Common Reading book will be chosen in the coming weeks.  This link will be updated once the decision is final.
  3. Residence application and roommate selection (will require Bates email to log-in)
    Opens June 3 at 10 a.m. (EDT)
    Closes June 28 at 11:59 p.m.
  4. If you are a student with a disability that would like to request an accommodation with the Office of Accessible Education , please note the following suggested deadlines to ensure adequate processing time for your request:
    June 7 for residence life and housing accommodations
    July 31 for academic accommodations
  5. Upload your photo for your Bates student ID card
    Due June 19
  6. Authorize Account View: designate the person(s) who will receive your student bill
    Due June 19
  7. Waive Bates Student Health Insurance (if you are covered by other insurance)
    Due June 30, if applicable
  8. Complete Health Services forms (FAQs and tutorials here)
    Opens May 31 
    Closes June 30
  9. Choose an AESOP trip (Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program)
    Closes June 30
  10. Pay or request financial assistance for AESOP trip.
    By June 25 for full consideration
  11. Course Registration opens. Request your preferred courses and alternates.
    Opens July 15 at 10 a.m. 
    Closes July 19 at 4 p.m.
  12. Complete Healthy Bates 101
    Opens July 11
    Closes August 13
  13. Pay Fall Semester fees
    Due July 31
  14. Review your Fall schedule (courses to which you’ve been assigned will be available to view; this is not the final phase of registration)
    Opens August 14
  15. In order to facilitate easy access to support through the Academic Resource Commons at the start of the semester, please set up an account with ARC’s appointment system by Wednesday, August 28.

Again,  if you have questions about these forms or anything else, please be in touch with me via firstyearstudents@bates.edu.  Students are strongly encouraged to reach out directly with any questions they may have, so please be in touch!