2026 Families: Drop-off day details

Hello, new Bates families – 

Drop-off day is just around the corner on Wednesday, August 31. We hope the information below will be helpful to you as you prepare for your student to head to campus.

  • Incoming students received a comprehensive update from the First-Year Experience team earlier today about arrival. Please remind students to check their Bates email and read the update carefully. 
  • We’ve prepared a family arrival resource just for you. It has information about where to go on drop-off day, insider tips from current Bates families, last-minute packing hints, and more. 
  • We suggest that you bookmark the arrival day schedule and campus map for quick reference once you arrive.
  • If you’re bringing your student to campus, we invite you to meet us in person! The Parent Team will have a welcome table in the Library Arcade from 12:30-2:30 pm. Say hello and pick up some Bates family swag!

Best regards,

Emily Levine, Director of Parent Giving and Engagement
Penney Ward, Asst. Director of Parent Giving and Engagement

(a.k.a. The Bates Parent Team)