Class of 2026 Incoming Families

Welcome to Bates! We are so excited for you and your Class of 2026 students to be joining Bates and want to make sure that we provide you with the information and resources that will be most helpful to you as incoming families.

Welcome, Class of 2026 families!

  • Formal activity with Class of 2026 students and families will get underway in late May. We look forward to keeping 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, and save the date for Back to Bates – our family weekend – as well.
  • Many more details to come, but the drop-off date for the Class of 2026 has been announced. (Note that student-athletes and others may have a different arrival date.)
  • The First-Year Experience page is a valuable resource, and while we will keep you updated via email throughout the summer, we suggest you also bookmark their site.
  • Looking to get a jump on showing your Bobcat pride? Check out these Bates basics at the Bates College Store.

Events for Class of 2026 Families

In the late spring and summer of 2022, Bates will hold a series of in person and virtual welcome events for Class of 2026 families. You can find our Families of 2026 welcome event schedule here; we will continue to update locations and dates.

We invite parents and guardians to our events via email. If you have not started to receive emails from Bates, please reach out to to make sure we have your current contact information.

We look forward to meeting you!

Class of 2026 Families – Email Updates

As we welcome a new class of Bobcats – and their families! – we will have periodic information and event updates specifically for Class of 2026 Families. We hope it will be useful to have all this outreach collected in a single place.

Not receiving our email updates? Please let know your current contact information so you don’t miss a thing!