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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 30

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 in a matter of minutes. (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)
If you have time after checking in, here are options:
  • Get your ID card
  • Ask about computer setup
  • Register for parking
  • Visit the Campus Store to pick up your online textbook order or purchase campus gear (hours are 1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Take an informal campus tour
Family members, please check in, too! Then join other families for a casual meet-and-greet while your student is doing other things. We look forward to connecting with you.

2:30-3 p.m. | Student and Family Welcome and Bethel 101 Panel | The Underground (BC2)
This is your official Bethel welcome! It includes an overview of several supporting offices on campus and tips on all things Bethel! Familly members, please stay for this session before you say goodbye to your student.

3-4 p.m. | Off to a Great Start | Olson Boardroom (BC4)
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 (optional) | BC468 (BC4)
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 (BC3)
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 (BC4) and get to know other commuters. If you're in campus housing, use this time to unpack and meet some roommates and hallmates.

7:30 p.m. | Evening Activity | The Underground (BC2)
Join other new students for an exciting evening of games, snacks, and prizes!

Schedule for Sunday, January 31

10 a.m. | Continental Breakfast and Online Church | Olson Boardroom (BC4)
Enjoy breakfast and a worship service with other incoming students.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Walk Your Schedule (optional) | Meet outside the Underground
Become familiar with campus spaces as you walk your class schedule with another student.

12-12:30 p.m. | Lunch | Meet outside Monson Dining Center (BC3)
Bring your ID card if you're on a meal plan. If you don't have a meal plan, your lunch is on us.

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Walk Your Schedule (optional) | 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!