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Parking: When you arrive on campus during Welcome Week, please tell the arrival staff that you are a commuter, and they will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. There will be reserved parking for commuter students and families in the West Lot.

Commuter Lounge: Feel free to use the Commuter Lounge (CC109) as your home base during Welcome Week.

Wednesday, August 24

If you are part of an early arrival group (transfers, student employees, etc.), please follow your early arrival schedule for Wednesday. 

1-7 p.m.

Commuter Lounge: Stop by to unwind and meet new friends! Enjoy snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, games, a big-screen TV, music, computers for checking mail, and more.
Community Life Center (CLC) 109

Thursday, August 25

This is the main arrival day for commuters.

2-3:30 p.m.

Commuter Opening Program: Get a big Bethel welcome! Also find out about opportunities to be involved on campus and resources to support commuter students.
The Underground - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

4:45-5:45 p.m.

Kickoff Celebration: Consider this your official welcome to Bethel! Join us for a big welcome from the Welcome Week staff, President Barnes, student leaders, and more. This is a great way to begin your time at Bethel! Arrive 15 minutes early to get a good seat.
Benson Great Hall

6-7:15 p.m.

Lakeside Picnic: Enjoy an outdoor picnic, free for you and your family. Arrive anytime during this time window. Start by getting a plate outside the CLC south doors, then visit the food stations in any order. Relax on the lawn or bring your food indoors.
West Lawn

7:30 p.m.

Core Group Meeting: Your core group is your key to success during Welcome Week! Your group includes 15-20 new students, including other commuters, and is led by one or two upperclass students who will be a resource to you as you adjust to life at Bethel. You'll walk through Welcome Week together and participate in a variety of events as a team.
Meet in Benson Great Hall

Other things to take care of in your free time on Thursday:

9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Commuter Lounge: Stop by to unwind and meet new friends! Enjoy snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, games, a big-screen TV, music, computers for checking mail, and more.
Community Life Center (CLC) 109

9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Info Central: Get your name tag and other essential info here! (Family members need to check in as well.) Also bring your questions--we're here to help!
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near grand staircase)

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

ID Pictures: Get your ID card here!
Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

2-4 p.m.

I-9 Assistance: Student employees, complete your I-9 form here if you haven't already.
Outside Student Life - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advising Central: Ask about your class schedule or major here!
Hagstrom Center (HC) 113

Mandatory orientation anytime this week

Orientation to Essential Technology (required): Learn about the technology you'll use at Bethel! During your free time this week, visit the orientation webpage to download and review a resource and watch a short YouTube video. (GES106 and GES108 students, you will also need to complete a quiz on Moodle before Friday of the first week of classes.)

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Business Office
Clauson Center (CC) 208

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Friday, August 26

7:15–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own
Available in Monson Dining Center

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Academic Connections - Session 1: You're required to attend at least one Academic Connection. Please bring a printed copy of your class schedule.
Learn more about your major, the General Education program, and meet your academic advisor. Not sure about your major? Choose one you’re interested in, or attend the Undecided session. Don’t see your major below? Click a department name to see all the majors offered by that department.

Undecided – CC312
Anthropology, Sociology, and Reconciliation Studies (includes Third-World Studies) – CC326
Art and Design – CC306
Biblical and Theological Studies – HC114
Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies – AC228
Business and Economics – CC313
Chemistry – CLC117
Communication Studies (includes Filmmaking) – HC413
Education, Elementary – CC430 (if you want middle-level endorsement, also attend a subject area session*)
Education, Secondary (includes TESL) – CC431 (also attend a subject area session*)
English – HC415
History – AC300
Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science – HC112
Math and Computer Science – HC414
Music – CC331
Nursing – HC241
Philosophy – AC332
Physics and Engineering – AC246
Political Science (includes Business and Political Science, International Relations) – AC324
Psychology – RC422
Social Work – RC417
Theatre Arts – CC112
World Languages and Cultures (includes TEFL) – AC329

*All elementary education majors wanting a middle-level endorsement and all secondary education majors must attend two sessions: an Education session (elementary or secondary) and a session offered by the department of the subject they want to teach (Spanish, math, etc.).

12-1:45 p.m.

Lunch with Your Core Group
     12 p.m.: Core groups 1-13
     12:30 p.m.: Core groups 14-26
     1 p.m.: Core groups 27+
Monson Dining Center - First meet up in your core group room at the time listed above.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Academic Connections - Session 2: You're required to attend at least one Academic Connection. Please bring a printed copy of your class schedule.
Learn more about your major, the General Education program, and meet your academic advisor. Not sure about your major? Choose one you’re interested in, or attend the Undecided session. Don’t see your major below? Click a department name to see all the majors offered by that department.

Undecided – CC312
Anthropology, Sociology, and Reconciliation Studies (includes Third-World Studies) – CC326
Art and Design – CC306
Biblical and Theological Studies – HC114
Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies – AC228
Business and Economics – CC313
Chemistry – CLC117
Communication Studies (includes Filmmaking) – HC413
Education, Elementary – CC430 (if you want middle-level endorsement, also attend a subject area session*)
Education, Secondary (includes TESL) – CC431 (also attend a subject area session*)
English – HC415
History – AC300
Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science – HC112
Math and Computer Science – HC414
Music – CC331
Nursing – HC241
Philosophy – AC332
Physics and Engineering – AC246
Political Science (includes Business and Political Science, International Relations) – AC324
Psychology – RC422
Social Work – RC417
Theatre Arts – CC112
World Languages and Cultures (includes TEFL) – AC329

*All elementary education majors wanting a middle-level endorsement and all secondary education majors must attend two sessions: an Education session (elementary or secondary) and a session offered by the department of the subject they want to teach (Spanish, math, etc.).

3-4 p.m.

Study Abroad Overview (optional): For students and parents who want to know more about study abroad opportunities.
Clauson Center (CC) 313

3-4 p.m.

Making the Transition (optional): For students and parents who want to know more about disability services and accommodations.
The Underground - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

3-4:30 p.m.

Advisor Meeting (optional): If you have questions about your academic schedule, you are encouraged to meet with your advisor.
Check your name tag for your advisor's name and office location.

3-4:30 p.m.

Assessment Opportunity (optional): If you would like to find out how you perform on a new critical-thinking assessment tool, spend an hour taking a test and get a $10 Target gift card as well as valuable test feedback!
Academic Center (AC) 203 or Clauson Center (CC) 325 (testing at both locations)

3-4:30 p.m.

Math Placement Help (optional): If you have questions about math course placement or the math placement exam, you are encouraged to meet with your Precalculus or Calculus instructor or see Professor Patrice Conrath in Clauson Center (CC) 225. You may also reference the math placement webpage.

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner with Family or Friends
Available in Monson Dining Center

7-8 p.m.

Commissioning Service: Led by the Campus Ministries team, this is a highlight for families and students. Join us as we pray over you and dedicate your time at Bethel to the Lord.
Benson Great Hall

8:15 p.m.

Legacy Photo: If your parent or other family member also attended Bethel and is with you on campus, stay after the service with them for a special large-group photo.
Benson Great Hall

9-11 p.m.

BSG After Party
Brushaber Commons

Other things to take care of in your free time on Friday:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commuter Lounge: Stop by to unwind and meet new friends! Enjoy snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, games, a big-screen TV, music, computers for checking mail, and more.
Community Life Center (CLC) 109

9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Info Central: Bring your questions--we're here to help! If you haven't picked up your name tag yet, please stop by. (Family members need to check in here as well.)
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near grand staircase)

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

ID Pictures: Get your ID card here!
Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Advising Central: Ask about your class schedule or major here.
Hagstrom Center (HC) 113

Mandatory orientation anytime this week

Orientation to Essential Technology (required): Learn about the technology you'll use at Bethel! During your free time this week, visit the orientation webpage to download and review a resource and watch a short YouTube video. (GES106 and GES108 students, you will also need to complete a quiz on Moodle before Friday of the first week of classes.)

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

ITS Helpdesk: Bring your technology questions here! (You may also contact us at 651.638.6500 or helpdesk@bethel.edu.)
Two locations: Robertson Center (RC) 419 OR
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (outside the Student Life Office)

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Business Office
Clauson Center (CC) 208

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Saturday, August 27

7:30-9:45 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own
Available in Monson Dining Center

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Day of Service: Serve a 2-hour shift off campus at the Eagan Feed My Starving Children site.
Meet in the CLC Circle at 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation and lunch will be provided.

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner with Your Commuter Life Assistant (CLA) and Commuters
Monson Dining Center - First meet up in the Commuter Lounge (CLC109).

7:30-9 p.m.

The Show: Don't miss this longstanding Welcome Week favorite! The Show is a humorous look at some Bethel traditions and our community life here at Bethel.
Benson Great Hall

Other things to take care of in your free time on Saturday:

2-7 p.m.

Commuter Lounge: Stop by to unwind and meet new friends! Enjoy snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, games, a big-screen TV, music, computers for checking mail, and more.
Community Life Center (CLC) 109

12-3 p.m.

ID Pictures: Get your ID card here if you don't have it already!
Student Life Office - Brushaber Commons (BC) 252

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Advising Central: Ask about your class schedule or major here!
Hagstrom Center (HC) 113

Mandatory orientation anytime this week

Orientation to Essential Technology (required): Learn about the technology you'll use at Bethel! During your free time this week, visit the orientation webpage to download and review a resource and watch a short YouTube video. (GES106 and GES108 students, you will also need to complete a quiz on Moodle before Friday of the first week of classes.)

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Sunday, August 28

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own 
Available in Monson Dining Center

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Worship: Worship at your home church or catch a shuttle from campus to a local church.

12-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own
Available in Monson Dining Center

2-4:30 p.m.

Options
     Walk your class schedule with current students | Meet by the Student Life Office (BC2)
     Enjoy on-campus activities | The Loft - BC Level 4

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner with Your Core Group
     5 p.m.: Core groups 1-13
     5:30 p.m.: Core groups 14-26
     5:45 p.m.: Core groups 27+
Monson Dining Center - First meet up in your core group room at the time listed above.

7-9 p.m.

Koinonia Worship Service: A Greek word meaning "communion" or "fellowship," koinonia is a service designed to bring the entire Bethel community together to start the school year. As a body, we will worship, be challenged by faculty and student speakers, and take communion in a celebration and dedication of the upcoming school year.
Benson Great Hall

Other things to take care of in your free time on Sunday:

12-5 p.m.

Commuter Lounge: Stop by to unwind and meet new friends! Enjoy snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, games, a big-screen TV, music, computers for checking mail, and more.
Community Life Center (CLC) 109

Mandatory orientation anytime this week

Orientation to Essential Technology (required): Learn about the technology you'll use at Bethel! During your free time this week, visit the orientation webpage to download and review a resource and watch a short YouTube video. (GES106 and GES108 students, you will also need to complete a quiz on Moodle before Friday of the first week of classes.)

1-4:30 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons Level 2

Monday, August 29

Classes begin!

10:15-11 a.m.

Opening Chapel: Don't miss this special chapel!
Benson Great Hall

Tuesday, August 30

10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

Opportunity Fair and Church Connection Day: Looking for a church home? Want to explore opportunities on campus? This is the perfect place to learn more and get connected.
Brushaber Commons Level 2