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

Fall Semester 2016

Residence halls open (new students) August 25
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 26
Classes begin August 29
Labor Day (no classes) September 5
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 6
Homecoming September 30 - October 2
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course October 7
Fall break October 7
Last day to add/drop a second-half course October 26
Advising Day (no day classes; night classes are held) October 26
Family Weekend October 28-30
Registration for Interim and Spring November 8, 10, 14, 16
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 18
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 23
Classes resume November 28
Festival of Christmas December 1-3
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course December 2
Last day of classes December 9
Final examinations December 12, 13, 15, 16
Study day December 14
Commencement December 16
Residence halls close, noon December 17

Interim 2017

Residence halls open, noon January 3
Classes begin January 4
Last day to add a course January 5
Last day to drop a course January 5
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 16
Last day to withdraw from a course January 20
Last day of classes January 26

Spring Semester 2017

Classes begin February 1
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 8
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course March 10
Residence halls close, noon March 11
Spring Break March 13-17
Residence halls open, noon March 19
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 20
Advising/Assessment Day 1 March 29
Last day to add/drop a second-half course April 5
Registration for Summer and Fall classes April 10, 12, 19, 20
Good Friday (no classes) April 14
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 17
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 21
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course May 12
Last day of classes May 19
Final examinations May 22, 23, 25, 26
Study day May 24
Baccalaureate May 26
Commencement May 27
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 27
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, 5 p.m. May 28
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 This date was originally omitted from the print catalog. 

Summer School 2017

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 30
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 21