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Family Weekend 2020

Family Weekend 2020

Join us October 16-18!

While Family Weekend 2020 will look different than past Family Weekends, we trust whether you visit in-person or connect online, you’ll engage with your student in meaningful ways (and hopefully have a little fun along the way)!

The well-being of our students, faculty, staff, families, and invited guests are of the utmost importance to us. In an effort to adhere to Bethel University’s established COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines, we believe the most prudent course of action at this time is to change the traditional Family Weekend to a (mostly) virtual and off-campus experience. Families are welcome to visit their students, as long as they abide by our campus visitor policies (explained below). If your family cannot participate in a face-to-face capacity, we encourage you to connect with your student during Family Weekend from a distance. 

Join the fun by participating in our “Bethel Family Weekend” contest! We’ve planned several weekend events – some are virtual and others are designed with small in-person groups in mind. Post photos (on Facebook or Instagram) showing your family participating in the weekend’s events and use the hashtag #BethelFamilyWeekend! Every post will enter your name into drawings for Bethel swag! We’ll announce winners throughout the weekend. The winner of the grand prize will be announced on our Bethel University Parent and Family Facebook page on Monday, October 19 at noon. Trust us, you’ll want to win this prize ($250 value)!

Remember, Family Weekend is for everyone! Students, you are encouraged to participate with your actual family (either in-person or virtually), your Bethel “framily” (friends, roommates, teammates – anyone you consider to be your BU family) or both!


Visitor Process/Policy

Residence Hall External Guests: In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, only Bethel students and employees who have essential roles such as facilities management, student life, security, health services, and the COVID-19 response team will be permitted in residence hall buildings. Bethel students, including commuter students, are permitted to visit other apartments/rooms on campus. All visitation hours and housing policies still apply. No overnight guests are permitted on campus. Commuter students are welcome in residence halls, academic buildings, recreational buildings, and outdoors on campus between 5:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Campus Visitors: Employees and external campus guests will be permitted in academic buildings, recreational buildings, and outdoors on campus between 5:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Bethel ID cards are required to access campus buildings. All campus visitors will be asked to use the campus health screening app or answer health screening questions at the Security Checkpoint or at the Anderson Center front desk. The campus visitor policy forbids visits from persons who have had known exposure to persons with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or who are exhibiting symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19. If parents and family members plan to come and go from campus multiple times throughout the weekend, we encourage guests to download and use the CampusClear app.

Preview Days

This is the perfect opportunity for your high schooler to experience Bethel too, as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting Bethel Preview Days! Bring the whole family; it's a perfect chance to experience campus life together! Registration is required.

Update Your Info

Don’t miss out on any future fun activities for Bethel families! Update your info to make sure you get all the details on Family Weekend and other events just for you.

Lodging Info

Wondering where to stay during Family Weekend? Bethel has secured discounted rates for campus guests at several area hotels. View a list of hotels and request their "Bethel Rate."


The Office of Alumni and Family Relations is here to help. Contact us!