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 2017

Residence halls open (new students) August 24
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 25
Classes begin August 28
Labor Day (no classes) September 4
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 5
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course October 6
Homecoming October 6-8
Fall break October 13
Advising Day (no day classes; night classes are held) October 25
Last day to add/drop a second-half course October 26
Family Weekend November 3-5
Registration for Interim and Spring November 7, 9, 13, 15
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 17
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 22
Classes resume November 27
Festival of Christmas November 30- December 2
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course December 1
Last day of classes December 8
Final examinations December 11, 12, 14, 15
Study day December 13
Commencement December 15
Residence halls close, noon December 16

Interim 2018

Residence halls open, noon January 2
Classes begin January 3
Last day to add a course January 4
Last day to drop a course January 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 15
Last day to withdraw from a course January 19
Last day of classes January 25

Spring Semester 2018

Classes begin January 31
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 7
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course March 9
Residence halls close, noon March 10
Spring Break March 12-16
Residence halls open, noon March 18
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 19
Good Friday (no classes) March 30
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 2
Last day to add/drop a second-half course April 6
Registration for Summer and Fall classes * April 17, 19, 23, 25
Advising Day April 11
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 20
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course May 11
Last day of classes May 18
Final examinations May 21, 22, 24, 25
Study day May 23
Baccalaureate May 25
Commencement May 26
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 26
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, 1 p.m. May 27

Summer School 2018

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 29
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 20

*The dates for Spring Enrollment have been changed since the printing of the physical catalog. Please refer to the online catalog only for up-to-date information about registration for Summer and Fall 2018.