2026 Families: Next student deadlines and ongoing family programs

Hello, Class of 2026 families –

With around five weeks to go until drop-off day, students are going through a number of steps related to course registration. They will hear shortly about their First-Year Seminar (FYS) assignments. Next week, starting around August 3, students will hear from an academic advisor who will help them finalize their other fall semester course selections by the August 9 deadline.
Please remind your students to check their Bates email address for updates, information about a student-only “Ask Me Anything” session on course registration, and resources in Lyceum. If they have questions, students should reach out to the First-Year Experience team. Information about AESOP trips, housing, and roommate assignments will be released the second week of August.
On the parent side, we encourage you to participate in our Virtual Welcome Series, if you haven’t yet had a chance to join a session. These Zoom gatherings provide a parent-to-parent perspective on the Bates experience. Learn more and register at the links below. International families are welcome at any session that works for their timezone. 

  • New England – Tuesday, August 2 at 7pm Eastern
  • New York metro area – Tuesday, August 9 at 7pm Eastern
  • Western US/California – Tuesday, August 16 at 6pm Pacific

Best regards,
The Bates Parent Team

Looking for student arrival information? This resource is very helpful.

Looking for a past Families of 2026 email update? Find it here.