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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 an info session, a reception, and a luncheon planned specifically for parents. View the schedule of events for parents and families.

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 23 or 24, 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!

Family Luncheon

Join us for a special luncheon for parents and families on Friday, August 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Robertson Center (RC) Gym. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with other parents, receive a greeting from President Jay Barnes, and hear words of wisdom from current students and parents. Dress is casual. Cost is $12 per person. Registration will open in early summer. If you have questions, please call the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at 651.638.6462.

Dining Options on Campus

The Welcome Week schedule for parents and families includes the Lakeside Picnic and the Dessert Reception with the President on Thursday evening (both free for families of new students) and the Family Luncheon on Friday ($12 per person; see registration details above).

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 any (and more than one) of our nine servery stations, from the salad bar to made-to-order pasta or stir fry—and don't forget dessert! Check here for hours and special Welcome Week family pricing.

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 hot items like burgers, pasta, and paninis, and our chefs will cook your food fresh and put it in a to-go box to take with you—or enjoy in the restaurant's seating area. Check here for hours.

Royal Grounds
This is our grab-and-go coffee shop serving freshly brewed Caribou coffee, specialty coffee and tea beverages, NRgize smoothies, and freshly squeezed juices. Royal Grounds also offers ready-to-go sandwiches, salads, 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 hotels near Bethel that offer Bethel discounts. Here's a list of hotels and accommodations.

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.