Welcome, Parents and Families!

The resources below will help you access key college resources, get involved with the college, and remind your student where to go for answers.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact us at parents@bates.edu.

Please note: To support the college’s efforts to keep our campus healthy and safe, our team is currently working remotely. Our working hours are still 8am to 4:30pm Eastern. Any emails received will be responded to within one business day. We are also happy to meet with you—whether via Zoom or over the phone —within those times. Our toll-free line (1-888-522-8371) is monitored regularly.

Staying in touch with Bates

Health Services, health protocols, and student support

Welcome, Class of 2026 families!

  • For families of students who were accepted to the Class of 2026 in mid-December as part of the Early Decision 1 process, welcome to the Bates community!
  • Formal activity with Class of 2026 students and families will get underway in late May. In the meantime, we will reach out every month or so – usually via email – to keep you updated on helpful resources, ways to support your incoming student, and what to expect of the timeline in the weeks and months leading up to student arrival on campus.
  • Already planning travel for next year? The 2022-2023 academic calendar is a great place to start, but don’t book those tickets until drop-off dates are announced.
  • Looking to get a jump on showing your Bobcat pride? Check out these Bates basics at the Bates College Store.