Academic Calendar

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

Fall Semester 2020

Residence halls open (social mentors) August 25
Residence halls open (new students) August 26
Residence halls open, 9 a.m. (returning students) August 30
Classes begin August 31
Labor Day September 7
Last day to add/drop a first-half or full-term course September 8
Homecoming October 2-4
Last day to withdraw from a first-half course October 9
Fall break (Students need to be checked out of their room by 9 pm on Thursday, October 8 and can return anytime after 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 11) October 9-11
Last day of First term courses October 22
First day of Second term courses October 23
Family Weekend October 16-18
Advising Day (no day classes, night classes are held) & BUILD Registration for Interim and Spring October 28
Last day to add/drop a second-half course November 2
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course November 20
Thanksgiving break (Tuesday night classes are held. Students need to be checked out of their room by 9 pm on Tuesday, November 24 and can return anytime after 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 29) November 25-29
Classes resume November 30
Festival of Christmas December 3-5
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course December 4
Last day of classes December 11
Final examinations December 14, 15, 17, & 18
Study Day December 16
Residence halls close December 18
Christmas Break (students must check-out of their residence hall 24 hours after their last final or by 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, whichever comes first.) December 18-January 4

Interim 2021

Residence halls open, noon January 4
Classes begin January 5
Last day to add/drop a course January 6
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 18
Last day to withdraw from a course January 21
Last day of classes January 27
Interim Break (Students need to be checked out of their room by 9 pm on Wednesday, January 27 and can return anytime after 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 31) January 27-31

Spring Semester 2021

Residence halls open, noon January 31
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 12
Spring Break (Students who are not part of SMP trips need to be checked out of their room by 9 pm on Friday, March 12 and can return anytime after 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 21) March 13-21
Residence halls open, noon March 21
Classes resume March 22
Last day of First term courses March 25
First day of Second term courses March 26
Easter Break (Students need to be checked out of their room by 9 pm on Thursday, April 1 and can return anytime after 12:00 noon on Monday, April 5) April 2-5
Last day to add/drop a second-half course April 6
Registration for Fall April 13
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course April 23
Last day to withdraw from a second-half course May 7
Last day of classes May 14
Final examinations May 17, 18, 20, & 21
Study day May 19
Celebration for graduating students May 21
Commencement May 22
End of year- Students need to check-out of their room 24 hours after their last final or by 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, whichever comes first.) May 21
Residence halls close for graduating students in BUILD, 1 p.m. May 23

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