Visiting Campus

Bates looks forward to seeing parents on campus throughout the year and welcomes your visit at any time. Here are some tips to help you be as prepared and comfortable as possible when you come to visit campus and/or tour Maine:


Make reservations for overnight accommodations and dining as early as possible. Local
lodging and restaurants fill up quickly, particularly during Back to Bates: Homecoming & Family Weekend and Commencement Weekend. Early reservations are encouraged.

Getting here, Staying here, Eating here…

For information about getting to campus, getting around Maine, and hotels and restaurants, visit our “About Bates” location page


Keep in mind something that longtime Mainers say: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”

The days around Orientation and Commencement can be warm and muggy, but the evenings are usually cool. Pack lighter-weight clothing for daytime and something more substantial for evening. The weather during Back to Bates: Homecoming & Family Weekend, in early fall, can be brisk. Be sure to bring a sweater, light coat, and long pants.