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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 families.

See the parent and family schedule for all the details.

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!

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 26 or 27, 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. 

The Bethel Commuter Experience

Incoming commuter students will experience the same Royal welcome as students housed on campus. Their Welcome Week home is the Commuter Lounge (CLC109), and instead of an RA, commuters will meet their CLA (Commuter Life Assistant), who will shepherd them throughout the year. The commuting community gathers just like dorm floors gather—they are fully involved in Welcome Week and in the fabric of daily campus life.

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 your other meals or snacks on campus, Bethel offers two food venues 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! Children under 3 eat free.

Please plan ahead for lunch on Friday, August 28. Family members who would like to eat in Monson Dining Center with their student after the Commissioning Service should purchase lunch tickets at Info Central on Thursday or on Friday before 10:30 a.m.

For your convenience, all of our servery stations offer delicious vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. If you or a family member has a food allergy or other dietary needs, please reach out to our registered dietitian Lexi at prior to Welcome Week to review our options.

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.

Where to Stay?

There are plenty of nearby hotels that offer Bethel discounts if you're looking for a place to stay.

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.