Academic Calendar

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

Fall Semester 2019

Residence halls open (new students) August 29
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 30
Labor Day September 2
Classes begin September 3
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 9
Homecoming October 5-7
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course October 11
Fall break October 11
Last day of First term courses October 21
First day of Second term courses October 22
Last day to add/drop a second-half course October 29
Advising Day (no day classes; night classes are held) October 30
Family Weekend November 1-3
Registration for Interim and Spring November 5, 7, 11, & 13
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 22
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 27
Classes resume December 2
Festival of Christmas December 5-7
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course December 6
Last day of classes December 13
Final examinations December 16, 17, 19, & 20
Study day December 18
Commencement December 20
Residence halls close, noon December 21

Interim 2020

Residence halls open, noon January 5
Classes begin January 6
Last day to add/drop a course January 7
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 20
Last day to withdraw from a course January 22
Last day of classes January 28

Spring Semester 2020

Classes begin February 3
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 10
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course March 13
Residence halls close, noon March 14
Spring Break March 16-20
Residence halls open, noon March 22
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 23
Last day of First term courses March 26
First day of Second term courses March 27
Last day to add/drop a second-half course April 3
Good Friday (no classes) April 10
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 13
Registration for Summer and Fall April 14, 16, 20, & 22
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 24
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course May 8
Last day of classes May 15
Final examinations May 18, 19, 21, & 22
Study day May 20
Senior Celebration May 22
Commencement May 23
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 23
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, 1 p.m. May 24

Summer School 2020

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 26
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 17
Term C start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 17
Term D start date (Term end date vary by course) May 26
Term E start date (Term end date vary by course) June 17

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