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Whether it's your first time going to college or you're transferring to Bethel, we've got great things planned for you!

What is Winter Welcome?

Winter Welcome is a two-day orientation and your official start at Bethel! You'll make new friends and learn everything you need to know to maximize your Bethel experience.

Schedule for Saturday, January 29

12:30-2 p.m. | Move-In for Students in Campus Housing | Your Residence Hall
If you're moving on campus, the Winter Welcome team will meet you at your residence hall. If you'd like, they will gladly help you move your things into your room! (Tell them what stays in your vehicle.)

1-2:30 p.m. | Orientation Check-In | Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (outside the Admissions Guest Center)
Please check in anytime during this time window. After checking in, here are options:
Family members, please check in, too! We look forward to connecting with you. We also have online resources for parents and families and are always available if you have questions.

2:30-3 p.m. | Student and Family Welcome and Bethel 101 Panel | Olson Boardroom (BC Level 4)
This is your official Bethel welcome! It includes an overview of several supporting offices on campus and tips on all things Bethel! Family members, please stay for this session before you say goodbye to your student.

3:15-4 p.m. | Off to a Great Start | Olson Boardroom (BC Level 4)
Make your first week and first semester at Bethel the best! In this session, you'll get help to ensure your schedule and any transfer credits you have are in order. You'll also learn about important academic resources.

4-5 p.m. | Advising Central | BC432 (BC Level 4)
Have questions about your class schedule or requirements? Get help from a member of the advising team. 

5-6 p.m. | Dinner | Meet outside Monson Dining Center (BC Level 3)
You are invited to a complimentary meal with Winter Welcome and university staff.

6-7:30 p.m. | Unwind and Unpack
If you're a commuter student, unwind in the Loft (BC Level 4) and get to know other commuters. If you're in campus housing, use this time to unpack and meet roommates and hallmates.

7:30 p.m. | Evening Activity | Meet in The Underground (BC Level 2)
Join other new students for an exciting evening of games, snacks, and prizes! Options: play games in The Underground or play broomball on the lake rink. For broomball, equipment will be provided; please bring warm outerwear.

Schedule for Sunday, January 30

9-9:30 a.m. | Breakfast | Meet outside Monson Dining Center (BC Level 3)
Bring your ID card if you're on a meal plan. If you don't have a meal plan, we'll cover your breakfast cost.

Time TBD | Worship at a Local Church | Depart from/return to the CLC Circle (lobby's lakeside doors)
Catch a van ride to a local church with fellow students and Winter Welcome student leaders.

12-12:45 p.m. | Lunch | Meet outside Monson Dining Center (BC Level 3)
Bring your ID card if you're on a meal plan. If you don't have a meal plan, we'll cover your lunch cost.

1-2 p.m. | Walk Your Schedule | Meet outside Monson Dining Center after lunch
Become familiar with campus spaces as you walk your class schedule with another student.

Rest of the day | Prepare for classes!
We're glad you're here!


Not quite sure what to bring? Have a question about Winter Welcome? Contact us! We're here to help!