Academic Calendar

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

Fall Semester 2024

Residence halls open (new students) August 29
Residence halls open, noon (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 10
Fall break October 4
Homecoming October 11-13
Family Weekend October 11-13
Last day to withdraw from a first-half of term course October 18
Last day of First half term courses October 22
First day of Second half term courses October 23
Advising Day (no day classes; night classes are held) October 30
Last day to add/drop a second-half term course October 30
Registration for January Session and Spring November 12, 14, 18, & 20
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 27
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 29
Classes resume December 2
Festival of Christmas December 5-7
Last day to withdraw from a second-half term 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

January Session 2025

Residence halls open, noon January 5
Classes begin January 6
Last day to add/drop a course January 9
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 20
Last day to withdraw from a course January 23
Last day of classes January 28

Spring Semester 2025

Classes begin February 3
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 10
Spring Break March 10-14
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 17
Last day to withdraw from a first-half term course March 21
Last day of first half term courses March 27
First day of second half term courses March 28
Last day to add/drop a second-half term course April 4
Good Friday (no classes) April 18
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 21
Registration for Summer and Fall April 23, 25, 29, & May 1
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course May 2
Last day to withdraw from a second-half term course May 9
Last day of classes May 16
Final examinations May 19, 20, 22, & 23
Study day May 21
Senior Celebration May 23
Commencement May 24
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 24
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, noon May 25

Summer School 2025

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 27
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 18
Term C start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 18
Term D start date (Term end date vary by course) May 27
Term E start date (Term end date vary by course) June 18

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