Registration Overview & Academic Advising – New Students

Logging into the Garnet Gateway

To get to the Garnet Gateway login page visit Log into the Garnet Gateway by entering your Bates ID number and your PIN (which was initially assigned to you by the Office of Admission).

How to Register

1. Find Fall Courses

Prior to registration, the Fall 2017 Schedule of Courses  (those courses that will be offered in the upcoming fall semester) may be viewed in the Garnet Gateway by clicking on the “Search Schedule of Courses” in the teal box. The Schedule of Courses lists instructors, class meeting times, enrollment limits, and room assignments. Clicking on the title of a course brings up the description and additional information. The Bates Catalog includes full course information as well as major and minor requirements for all courses in the curriculum.

2. Enter Course Preferences

To indicate your preference for a course, click “Search Schedule of Courses,” enter the Fall 2017 term and select the department(s)/program(s) you are interested in (other search criteria are also available). Once the course offerings page comes up click in the checkbox to the left of the course section(s) you want and then click the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. Your course selections are not saved until you click the “Register” button. Be sure to view the results on the “Entering Students Registration” page. (A “C” in place of the checkbox means the course is already full and/or closed.)

3. Preferred vs. Alternate

Since some courses are limited we’ll run an optimization process after you register to randomly assign students to courses with limited seats. We want to ensure that you get as many courses as possible though so you should initially select 8 courses. (You’ll really only take 4 in the fall but we’ll explain how to mark 4 as preferred and 4 as alternates.)

As you add each course section from the “Search Schedule of Courses” page it will be marked “use as alternate.” Once you have your 8 courses on the “Entering Students Registration” page, select 4 courses (including 1 First-Year Seminar) which are your preferred courses and use the “change status” pull-down menu to change each of those 4 courses to “preferred course” and click “submit changes.”  Be sure you have looked at the meeting time of each to be sure they don’t conflict! That leaves 4 courses (ideally 2 First-Year Seminars and 2 other courses) identified as “alternates” which we’ll use in case you don’t get all 4 preferred courses.

Note: When selecting courses and alternates you don’t need to select more than one section of the same course. For example: ECON 103 A is offered at 8:00am and ECON 103 B is offered at 11:00am. If you select section A and don’t get into it we’ll automatically try to get you into section B.

Also note:

  • When entering course preferences, error messages may appear. They include time conflicts, failure to meet a prerequisite requirement, failure to select a required linked discussion or laboratory section, etc. If an error appears, you are not registered for the course. Check this chart of common errors.
  • Not all courses have spaces or are available for first-years. Be sure to look at the current enrollments and course attributes in the schedule.
  • 200-level courses are only open first-years if so noted in the attribute column. Sample course results from the “Search Schedule of Courses”:

Sample of course search

Look-up Courses
Sample of a course with multiple laboratories: If a course has a lab (L1, L2, L3, etc.) or discussion (D1, D2, D3, etc.) you must register for a lecture section as well as one lab/discussion at the same time.

Look-up Courses with lab

Registration Timetable

1) Request your preferred courses and alternates

July 17, 10:00 a.m. EST – July 21, 4:00 p.m. EST

Any time between July 17th (10:00 am Eastern Time) and July 21st (4:00 pm), log in and select your preferred 4 courses and 4 alternates (see instructions above)

Choosing a First-Year Seminar
Enrolling in a first-year seminar is strongly encouraged. You will have the opportunity to take a small-sized course especially designed for first-year students and the instructor of your seminar will also be your academic advisor. First-Year Seminars also satisfy your first-year writing, [W1], requirement.

2) Review Your Fall Schedule

Beginning August 15 

Between July 23rd and August 14th the Registrar’s Office will assign students into the courses they requested, randomly assigning students into the spaces in limited courses. You may then view the results of randomization and see which courses you gained entrance to beginning August 15th by logging into Garnet Gateway and looking at your “View Course Schedule”” page. This shows your current schedule after limited courses have been randomly filled. If you are happy with this schedule you are done!

3) Adjusting your Schedule (Add/Drop)

September 5, 7:00am – September 19

If you need to make changes to your schedule or add additional courses, Add/Drop is on a first come, first served basis and will open for all students on Tuesday, September 5, 7:00am. You will have a chance to meet with your advisor during orientation prior to add/drop opening.

Academic Advising

Your first-year seminar instructor is looking forward to meeting you in the fall and serving as your pre-major Academic Advisor and talking with you about your academic choices and aspirations.

Even before you arrive on campus, though, members of the faculty and staff are available to advise you on course selection, answer your questions about requirements, and give you tips about areas of study that you may want to explore. Listed below are names and schedules of faculty members available to take your calls during the week prior to registration (July 10-14)  as well as the week of registration (July 17-21). You can also find additional information about academic requirements and advanced placement through the Academic Information landing page.

Summer Faculty Advisors

The following is a list of faculty advisors who are ready and willing to help you with registration by phone or email.  Regardless of their discipline affiliation (with noted exceptions), they are available for any advising questions you might have.  It will help to read the materials on the web and the catalog to have as much information as you can before you call in. We would encourage you to take any placement tests necessary for particular disciplines (math, foreign languages) in advance of calling/emailing.

Schedule of Summer Advising

Summer Advising will be offered throughout the week preceding registration, July 10-14, as well as that of summer registration, July 17-21. A full schedule of advisor availability on those dates will be provided below when it is set for that week. If you have questions that come up before that, please reach out via or by phone (207) 755-5979.  While we are happy to speak to parents and families, we strongly encourage students to email or call themselves so we can talk through your process directly.

Summer Advising Schedule: Week of July 17th-21st (Garnet Gateway Open)

 (all times listed EST) Monday, July 17th Tuesday, July 18th Wednesday, July 19th Thursday, July 20th Friday, July 21st
9am-10am  Karen Palin  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Karen Palin  Eden Osucha  Karen Palin
10am- 11am  Karen Palin  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Karen Palin  Eden Osucha  Karen Palin
11am-12pm  Karen Palin  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Karen Palin  Eden Osucha  Karen Palin
1-2pm Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha
2-3pm  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha   Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha
3-4pm  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Alex Dauge-Roth, Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha  Eden Osucha
6-7pm  Alex Dauge-Roth  Alex Dauge-Roth  Alex Dauge-Roth  Karen Palin Registration Closed
7-8pm  Karen Palin  Alex Dauge-Roth  Alex Dauge-Roth  Karen Palin Registration Closed