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Our new student (freshman and transfer) orientation program is designed to help you navigate your transition to Bethel College, both academically and socially. During Thresher Days, new students will interact with other new students and get to know faculty and staff members outside of the typical office or classroom setting and engage in various aspects of Bethel student experience.

Arrival to Campus - 2018 

Moving to college is a major life event – for you and likely for your family too. The following information should help you prepare to take the final leap to being a Bethel College Thresher.

  • Saturday, August 11
    New and returning fall student-athletes

  • Saturday, August 18
    First-year and new transfer students 

As you arrive at Bethel College, be sure your first stop is the Luyken Fine Arts Center for Registration. This process is essential to receiving your student ID, mailbox key and residence hall key.

If you still have questions, please contact the Coordinator of Student Activities and Engagement.

NOTE: tentative schedule, final times and locations will be shared upon move-in

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
8 am-1 pm Fall Athlete Student Registration and Residence Halls Open Luyken Fine Arts Center 
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop Open Thresher Shop, Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center 
11:30 am-1 pm Lunch, sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
1:15 pm-1:45 pm Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
2 pm-3 pm Parent and Families 101 Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
2 pm-3 pm Individual Teams Meeting To be determined by Coaches
3 pm-3:45 pm All Athlete Meeting (students, families and coaches)  To be determined by Coaches
3:45 pm-4:30 pm Parent and Family Send-off  
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7 pm-9 pm Individual Teams Meeting To be determined by Coaches
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
8 am-10 am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
10 am-11 am Fall Athlete Worship Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
All Day Baseline Testing To be determined by Athletic Trainers
11:30 am-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
3 pm-5 pm Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches
5 pm-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7 pm-until Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches
MONDAY, AUGUST 13 — FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
7 am-9 am Breakfast Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9 am-noon Athletic Practices To be determined by Coaches
11:15 am-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
3 pm-5 pm Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches
5 pm-7 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
6 pm-10 pm Athletic Practices To be determined by Coaches
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
8 am-1 pm All New Student Registration and Residence Halls Open Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop Open Thresher Shop, Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch, sponsored by BC Women's Association Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
1:45 pm-2:15 pm Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Parent and Families 101 Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Thresher Days Group Meetings See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
3:30 pm-4 pm Parent and Families Send-Off FAC Plaza
5 pm-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7:15 pm-9 pm Freshmen Rumble The Green
9:15 pm-10 pm Mandatory Hall Meetings Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
All Day Baseline Testing To be determined by Athletic Trainers
8 am-10 am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9:30 am-11 am Worship Service and Brunch at BCMC Bethel College Mennonite Church
11:30 am-1 pm STEM Orientation and Lunch Meet in Dining Hall and then KSC 218?
11:15 am-12:30 pm Lunch Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
12:45 pm-2 pm Math and Foreign Language Competency Exams WAC 210, WAC 212-213
2:45 pm-4:20 pm Networking Sessions See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
5 pm-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
6 pm-until Music Auditions Luyken Fine Arts Center
MONDAY, AUGUST 20
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
7 am-9 am Breakfast Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9 am-9:45 am Understanding Title IX Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
10 am-11:30 am First-Year Seminar Discovery Adventure Course
10 am-11:30 am Transfer Student Session Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
11:15pm-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
1 pm-1:30 pm Break  
1:30 pm-1:50 pm Thresher Days Group Meeting #2 See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
2 pm-4:30 pm Keys to Success Sessions See Thresher Days Name Tag for location 
4:30 pm-5:30 pm TBD Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
5 pm-7 pm Dinner Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
TIME SESSION/TOPIC LOCATION
7 am-9 am Breakfast Cafeteria,Schultz Student Center
9 am-2 pm Returner Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center 
9 am-9:15 am Thresher Days Group Meeting #3 See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
9:15 am-11:15 am Thresher Days Service Project Memorial Hall Gym
11:15 pm-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria,Schultz Student Center
12:45 pm-3 pm Thresher Days Sessions See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
3:10 pm-3:30 pm Thresher Days Group Meeting #4 See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
3:45 pm-4:25 pm Thresher Days Matriculation Ceremony Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center 
5 pm-7 pm Dinner and Block Party The Green
7 pm-8:30pm All Athletic Meeting TBD

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.