Registration Overview & Academic Advising – New Students

Logging into the Garnet Gateway

To get to the Garnet Gateway go to the main Bates web page at Click on “menu” at the top of the page. Click on the blue box labeled “Quad.” Under “top tasks” click on the “Garnet Gateway” box. This takes you to the Garnet Gateway login page. Log into the Garnet Gateway by entering your Bates ID number and your PIN, initially assigned to you by Admissions. You must change your PIN to something new the first time you log in.

How to Register

1. Academic Calendar 2020-21

For the 2020-21 Academic Year, the fall and winter semesters will be delivered in a 2+2 format. This means that each semester will comprise two 7.5-week modules, with students typically taking two classes at a time (a standard courseload each semester is four courses). Students will register for both modules of the fall semester at the same time.

2. Find Fall Courses

Prior to registration, the Schedule of Courses presents those courses that will be offered in the upcoming fall semester and may be viewed in the Garnet Gateway. From the New Student Welcome page in the Garnet Gateway, click on the “Home” button in the left corner and then click on “Search Schedule of Courses” in the teal box. The Schedule of Courses lists the courses to be offered in the upcoming fall semester, including instructors, class meeting times, enrollment limits, and room assignments. Clicking on the title of a course brings up the description and additional information. The includes full course information as well as major and minor requirements for all courses in the curriculum. Not all courses in the Bates Catalog are offered every semester.

3. Enter Course Preferences

When registration is open, to enter your preference for a course, click “Search Schedule of Courses,” enter the term you would like to register for, and then 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. As you are viewing the course offerings, a “C” in place of the checkbox means the course is already full and/or closed.

4. First-Year Seminars Are First

You’ll be selecting your First-Year Seminar first as your instructor will be your first-year advisor and they’ll be able to assist you with the second registration process later in July where you’ll select the rest of your courses for the fall (modules “A” and “B”). Since First-Year Seminars are limited to 15 students each, please submit your first choice as well as 4 alternates.

As you add each course section from the schedule search page it will be marked “use as alternate.” Once you have four potential First-Year Seminars on the “Entering Students Registration” page, select the one that is your preferred FYS and use the “change status” pull-down menu to change it to “preferred course” and click “submit changes.”

5. Filling Your Schedule with Additional Courses

When we get to the second portion of registration later in July, you’ll be selecting the rest of your fall semester courses in both module A and module B.

As before with the First-Year Seminars, as you add each course section from the schedule search page it will be marked “use as alternate.” Once you have 6-8 courses on the “Entering Students Registration” page, select 3 courses (you already have your First-Year Seminar) which are your preferred courses for the fall 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 two courses in module A and two courses in module B. First-Year Seminars are all in module A.

Be sure you have looked at the meeting time of each preferred course to be sure they don’t conflict within the module!

That leaves several courses 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: In module ‘A’ ECON 103 A is offered at 8:00am and ECON 103 B is offered at 1:00pm. If you select ECON 103 A and don’t get into it we’ll automatically try to get you into ECON 103 B.

Some courses will be offered in both modules A and B but not all. Please look at the module indicator in the Schedule of Courses closely.

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. Follow this link for a chart of common errors and how to correct them:
  • 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

Summer 2020 Registration Timetable

Please note, given the current situation and the unknowns for Fall 2020, registration dates and details noted below are subject to change.

1) Course Selection for First-Year Seminars – July 13, 10:00 am – July 17, 4:00 pm

Any time between July 13th (10:00 am EDT) and July 17th (4:00 pm EDT), log in and select your preferred First-Year Seminar and 4 alternate First-Year Seminars (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) Request your additional preferred courses and alternates – July 27, 10:00 am – July 31, 4:00 pm

Now that you have a First-Year Seminar, any time between July 27th (10:00 am EDT) and July 31st (4:00 pm EDT), log in and select your additional preferred 3 courses for the fall and 4 alternates (see instructions above). Four courses is the standard courseload per semester.

3) Review Your Fall Schedule – Beginning August 17

Between July 31st and August 16th 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 optimization and see which courses you gained entrance to beginning August 16th 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)

If you need to make changes to your schedule or add additional courses, a Registration Adjustment period, also known as “Add/Drop” will be available for all students beginning August 28th*. Additional information will be forthcoming on this registration period.

* this date may change depending on the evolving plans for students returning to campus for Fall 2020.