We're so excited to have you all on campus in the coming weeks! To welcome you all, below you will find articles ranging from packing help, to upperclassmen advice columns, to Commons musts. Hope you enjoy! See you in L/A, Batesies ♡
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Packing Advice

Learn what you need to bring to campus from a certified Mom Friend™.

First-Year Campus Map

Familiarize yourself with Bates with this comprehensive overview of all the sights you need to know.

First-Year Dorms

For those anxious about where you will be living this year, here’s a preview all about the first-year dorms.


Why We Love Bates

We do, it’s true. Chances are, you will too.

Commons Musts

Commons is back to being the beloved communal experience it has been in the past.

Popping the Bates Bubble

When you find yourself in need of a break from campus, check out these Lewiston/Auburn spots for local foods and fresh air.


Upperclassmen Advice Column

No matter what you do, freshman year will likely be a bit cringey – and that’s OK. Our staff has some Bobkitten advice you won’t want to miss.

Bates Must-Knows

To help make your transition to college as seamless as possible, we’ve compiled some Bates tips and tricks for you -- from learning about ARC to all about the beloved Decade Dances.

Talk Like a Batesie

Basically Bates’ Urban Dictionary.

A Guide to Study Spots

Learn all about the best places to study on campus -- mark your territory early, tables fill up quickly!

Freshman Plague

Not to be confused with COVID-19, watch out for the Freshman Plague that (unfortunately) sneaks up on you when adjusting to college life.