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As your student makes the transition to Bethel, we want to welcome you to the Bethel family as well!


Welcome Week includes activities for new students and their families to experience together as well as info sessions and a reception specifically for parents and families. View a schedule overview, and check back for a detailed schedule in the spring.

The Bethel Move-In Experience

The Bethel move-in experience is lively and unique! If your student will be moving into campus housing on August 22 or 23, here is what to expect: A team of extremely enthusiastic students will get everything unloaded from your vehicle and delivered to your student's room in a matter of minutes! A driver will need to stay with your vehicle so it can be moved to a nearby lot once the unload is complete. For your convenience, a team of friendly golf cart drivers will roam campus (especially our parking lots) throughout the day to bring you where you need to go. Please flag down a golf cart whenever you'd like to ride instead of walk!

Dining Options on Campus

The Welcome Week schedule for families includes the Lakeside Picnic and the President's Dessert Reception on Thursday evening (both free for families of new students). For other meals or snacks on campus, Bethel offers three food venues, all located in Brushaber Commons:

Monson Dining Center
Enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel's all-you-can-eat, buffet-style dining. Choose from nine servery stations, from the salad bar to made-to-order pasta or stir-fry bowls—and don't forget dessert! Check out the hours of service as well as our special Welcome Week pricing: breakfast $5, lunch $8, and dinner $9 for adults; breakfast $2.50, lunch $5, and dinner $6 for children under 12. Children under 3 eat free. Prices include tax.

3900 Grill
This take-out or eat-in restaurant, named for Bethel's address at 3900 Bethel Drive, is just outside Monson Dining Center. Here you can order fresh, hot items like burgers, paninis, stir-fry bowls, soups, and pick-two combos. Enjoy your food in the grill's seating area or take it in a to-go box. Check here for hours.

Royal Grounds
This is our grab-and-go coffee shop serving freshly brewed Caribou coffee, specialty coffee and tea beverages, and smoothies. Royal Grounds also offers ready-to-go sandwiches, salads, bottled beverages, and baked goods for a quick, fresh meal or snack. Check here for hours.

Where to Stay?

Your student has a place to stay, but what about you? There are plenty of nearby hotels that offer Bethel discounts.

Even More for Families

The Office of Alumni and Family Relations is here to support you. From special events for families throughout the year to a parent newsletter with tips on helping your student transition to college life, Welcome Week is just the beginning.