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Academic Calendar

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2023 – 2024 School Year Academic Calendar

FALL 2023

August 10: FAFSA Application Deadline

August 10: Faculty Workshop/Meeting

August 19: Student Orientation in Gainesville, VA

August 23: Classes Begin – Session A

August 23 – August 29: 100% Drop/Add

September 4: Labor Day – No Classes

September 17: Constitution Day Observed

October 17: Last Day of Class – Session A

October 18: Classes Begin – Session B

October 18-24: 100% Drop/Add Session B

October 24: Grades Due – Session A

November 23: Thanksgiving Day — No classes 

December 12: Last Day of Class – Session B

December 13 – January 2: Christmas Break

December 18: Grades Due – Session B


January 2: Student Orientation

January  3: Classes Begin – Session A

January 3-9: 100% Drop/Add Session A

January 11: Faculty Meeting

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – No classes

February 27: Last Day of Classes – Session A

February 28-March 5: Spring Break

March 6: Grades Due – Session A

March 6: First Day of Classes – Session B

March 6-12: 100% Drop/Add Session B

April 30: Last Day of Classes – Session B

May 7: Grades Due – Session B


May 1: Classes Begin – Session A

May 1-7: 100% Drop/Add Session A

May 25: 2024 Graduation

May 27: Memorial Day – No Classes

June 25: Classes End – Session A

June 26: Classes Begin – Session B

June 26-July 2: 100% Drop/Add Session B

July 3: Grades Due – Session A

July 4: Independence Day Holiday –No classes

August 20: Classes End – Session B

August 27: Grades Due – Session B

Bachelor's Degree

Our 4-year Bachelor's Degree in Ministry Leadership offers students eight concentrations in Ministerial Leadership, Biblical Studies, Children's Ministry Leadership,  Christian Counseling with a Focus in Psychology, Christian Counseling with a Focus in Pastoral Ministry,  Intercultural Studies, Worship Leadership, and Youth Ministry Leadership.

Associate's Degree

Our 2-year Associate's Degree in Ministry Leadership provides students with limited time or funds an opportunity to get started in a new career.


Our 1-year Diploma in Ministry Leadership gives students a starting point for formal education in the church to later build on with additional studies.

Head Office

PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.