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Are you ready? We've got a lot of great things planned for you! Below is an overview of the 2021 Welcome Week schedule. Save the dates now and then check back midsummer to view the full student and family schedules with all the details, including specific move-in times for students living on campus.

Families: We're planning a special schedule just for you. Besides the on-campus events highlighted below, we'll be rolling out online opportunities for you to learn and engage before Welcome Week, including topic-specific sessions and regional summer send-offs.

Fall athletes: You'll receive schedule details, including your arrival date, from your coach this summer.

Wednesday, August 25

This arrival day is just for incoming student employees, transfer students, and students in the BUILD program. (These three groups arrive early. All incoming students join together for our main Welcome Week program, which begins Thursday, August 26.)

Highlights include:

  • Student employee welcome program and training
  • Transfer student welcome program
  • BUILD welcome program
  • Family sessions in the afternoon
  • Family social in the evening
  • Free time for students and their families to connect

Thursday, August 26

This is the main arrival day for incoming students, including PSEO students.

Highlights include:
Family sessions in the afternoon
Campus tours for families
Lakeside picnic for new students and families (complimentary)
Kickoff celebration for new students and families
Family coffee social with President Allen (complimentary)
Student residence hall and commuter meetings

Friday, August 27

Highlights include:

  • Family session: president's greeting and overview of the first year
  • Student core group meeting
  • Commissioning service for new students and families (family track concludes here)
  • Academic connections and advisor meetings for students
  • Free time for students and their families to connect

Saturday, August 28

Highlights include:

  • Day of service—opportunities for students to serve
  • Dinner with floormates or fellow commuters
  • The Show—a longstanding Welcome Week favorite

Sunday, August 29

Highlights include:

  • Shuttles to local churches
  • Options: Walk your class schedule, play lawn games, take a shuttle to Target
  • Student core group dinner
  • Koinonia—a worship service for the entire Bethel community

Monday, August 30

Classes begin!