Bethel operates on an early semester calendar with two 15-week semesters and a three-week interim in January. Bethel offers three summer sessions.

Fall Semester 2018

Residence halls open (new students) August 23
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 24
Classes begin August 27
Labor Day (no classes) September 3
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 4
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course October 5
Homecoming October 5-7
Fall break October 12
Family Weekend October 19-21
Last day to add/drop a second-half course October 24
Advising Day (no day classes; night classes are held) October 31
Registration for Interim and Spring November 6, 8, 12, 14
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 16
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 21
Classes resume November 26
Festival of Christmas November 29- December 1
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course November 30
Last day of classes December 7
Final examinations December 10, 11, 13, & 14
Study day December 12
Commencement December 14
Residence halls close, noon December 15

Interim 2019

Residence halls open, noon January 2
Classes begin January 3
Last day to add/drop a course January 4
Last day to withdraw from a course January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 21
Last day of classes January 25

Spring Semester 2019

Classes begin February 4
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 11
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course March 15
Residence halls close, noon March 16
Spring Break March 18-22
Residence halls open, noon March 24
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 25
Last day to add/drop a second-half course April 5
Registration for Summer and Fall classes April 15, 17, 23, 25
Good Friday (no classes) April 19
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 22
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 26
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course May 10
Last day of classes May 17
Final examinations May 20, 21, 23, & 24
Study day May 22
Senior Celebration May 24
Commencement May 25
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 25
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, 1 p.m. May 26

Summer School 2019

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 28
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 19
Term C start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 19