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

Commuter Lounge: Stop by the Commuter Lounge (CC109)your home base during Welcome Week!

Wednesday, August 23

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

1-7 p.m. Commuter Lounge: If you're on campus as part of an early arrival group, 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 24

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: Receive 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. Get 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
8 p.m. Commuter Activity: Join other incoming commuter students for a fun evening activity.
Meet in Community Life Center (CLC) 109

Options for your free time on Thursday:

9 a.m.-8 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 questionswe're here to help!
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near grand staircase)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. ID Photos: 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
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Advising Central: Ask about your class schedule or major here!
Hagstrom Center (HC) 113
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Location TBD

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

Business Office
Location TBD

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Friday, August 25

7:15–9 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own
Available in Monson Dining Center

9-9:30 a.m.

The Bethel Experience: Gather with your family to learn about practical distinctives of the Bethel learning community.
Benson Great Hall

9:30-11 a.m.

Core Group Meeting: Your core group is your key to success during Welcome Week! Your group includes 15-20 other new students and is led by an upperclass student. This meeting includes a resource tour; you'll visit all the must-know places on campus.
Meet in Benson Great Hall

11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch with Your Core Group and Faculty Members
Monson Dining Center

1-2 p.m. AND
2:15-3 p.m.
Academic Connections 1 and 2: Attend BOTH sessions: check out two majors or your major and a minor. Bring your class schedule. Also learn about the General Education program and meet your advisor. Not sure about your major? Choose one you’re interested in, or attend the Exploratory Majors session.

Art – CC306
Athletic Training – HC112
Biblical and Theological Studies – HC114
Biokinetics – HC112
Biological Sciences  – AC228
Business and Economics – CC313
Chemistry – CLC117
Communication Studies – HC413
Community Health – HC112
Computer Science – HC414
Education, Elementary – CC430 (also attend a subject area session for middle-level endorsement*)
Education, Secondary (includes TESL) – CC431 (also attend a subject area session*)
Engineering – AC246
English – HC415
Environmental Studies – AC228
Exploratory Majors – CC312 (for students who have not chosen a major)
Filmmaking – HC413
Graphic Design – CC306
History – AC300
Languages and Cultures (includes TEFL) – AC329
Math – HC414
Missional Ministries – HC114 
Music – CC331
Nursing – HC241
Philosophy – AC332
Physical Education and Health Education (also attend an Education session*) – HC112
Physics – AC246
Political Science (includes Business and Political Science, International Relations) – AC324
Psychology – RC422
Social Work – RC417
Sociology and Reconciliation Studies (includes Third-World Studies) – CC326
Theatre Arts – CC112

*All elementary education majors wanting a middle-level endorsement and all secondary education majors must attend an Education session (elementary or secondary) and a subject area session (Languages and Cultures, Math, etc.).
3-4 p.m. Last Things (optional)
     Get your books or ID card if you haven't already
     Visit your advisor (your name tag lists advisor and office location)
     Visit Advising Central if you still have questions about your schedule (HC113)
     Get math placement help (see below)
     Ask about disability services in the Student Life Office (BC2)
     Get tech support at the ITS Helpdesk (see below)
     Find your PO
3-4 p.m. Math Placement Help (optional): If you have questions about math course placement or the math placement exam, 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.
4-5:15 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
5:30-7 p.m. Dinner with Family or Friends
Available in Monson Dining Center
7-8 p.m. Optional Core Group Meeting
Your Core Group room
8-10 p.m. BSG After Party
Brushaber Commons

Options for your free time on Friday:

10 a.m.-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
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Info Central: Bring your questionswe'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)
8 a.m.-4 p.m. ID Photos: Get your ID card here!
Admissions Guest Center - 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
9 a.m.-4 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 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Location TBD
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Business Office
Location TBD
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Saturday, August 26

7:30-9:45 a.m. Breakfast on Your Own
Available in Monson Dining Center
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
(various shifts)
Day of Service: Serve off campus with other students.
Meet in the CLC Circle to take a bus to your service location.
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner with Your Commuter Life Assistant (CLA)
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

Options for 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 Photos: Get your ID card here if you don't have it already!
Student Life Office - Brushaber Commons (BC) 252
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Advising Central: Ask about your class schedule or major here!
Hagstrom Center (HC) 113
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Sunday, August 27

8:30–9:15 a.m. Breakfast on Your Own 
Available in Monson Dining Center
9 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 | Lakeside Lawn
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

Options for 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
1-4:30 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons Level 2

Monday, August 28

Classes begin!

10:15-11 a.m. Opening Chapel: Don't miss this special chapel!
Benson Great Hall

Tuesday, August 29

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