Bethany College

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PO Box 419

Bethany, WV 26032

Phone: (304) 829-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bethany College is a private institution that was founded in 1840. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 812, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,300 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Bethany College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $25,735 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A highly contemporary small college of national distinction, Bethany College is a liberal arts institution located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, It has a rich heritage of outstanding scholarship and a long history of excellence in the arts and sciences. Founded in 1840 and affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the College places particular emphasis on leadership and incorporates pre-professional education. The academic program is designed to meet the educational needs of individual students by providing breadth, depth, and integration of knowledge through close interaction of students and faculty in the educational process.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1840
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $42,115,716


When applying to Bethany College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 43 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 43.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bethany College is 14:1, and the school has 79.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bethany College include: Education, General; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 39%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education, General 14%
Psychology, General 12%
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%

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Student Life

Bethany College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 812, with a gender distribution of 60 percent male students and 40 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus. Bethany College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 842
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bethany College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bethany College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bethany College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bethany College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $25,735 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,746 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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