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 2020

Residence halls open (new students) August 27
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 28
Classes begin August 31
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 6
Labor Day September 7
Homecoming October 2-4
Last day to withdraw from a first-half term course October 9
Fall break October 9
Family Weekend October 16-18
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 28
Last day to add/drop a second-half term course November 2
Registration for Interim and Spring November 10, 12, 16, & 18
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 20
Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday night classes are held) November 25
Classes resume November 30
Festival of Christmas December 3-5
Last day to withdraw from a second-half term course December 4
Last day of classes December 11
Final examinations December 14, 15, 17, & 18
Study day December 16
Commencement December 18
Residence halls close, noon December 19

Interim 2021

Residence halls open, noon January 4
Classes begin January 5
Last day to add/drop a course January 7
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 18
Last day to withdraw from a course January 21
Last day of classes January 27

Spring Semester 2021

Classes begin February 1
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course February 7
Last day to withdraw from a first-half term course March 12
Residence halls close, noon March 13
Spring Break March 15-19
Residence halls open, noon March 21
Spring break ends/Classes resume March 22
Last day of first half term courses March 25
First day of second half term courses March 26
Good Friday (no classes) April 2
Monday after Easter (no classes) April 5
Last day to add/drop a second-half term course April 6
Registration for Summer and Fall April 13, 15, 19, & 21
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 23
Last day to withdraw from a second-half term course May 7
Last day of classes May 14
Final examinations May 17, 18, 20, & 21
Study day May 19
Senior Celebration May 21
Commencement May 22
Residence halls close for returning students, noon May 22
Residence halls close for graduating seniors, 1 p.m. May 23

Summer School 2021

Term A start date (Term end dates vary by course) May 24
Term B start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 16
Term C start date (Term end dates vary by course) June 16
Term D start date (Term end date vary by course) May 24
Term E start date (Term end date vary by course) June 16

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