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Bethel University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bethel University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $14,520 (2012-13).
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Bethel's mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons-- intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically-- in a Christian environment. By the words, "create opportunities," the College offers the means for persons to have choices and options opened before them and to develop the confidence and maturity to choose appropriately. By the term, "learning community," the College extends its mission to all persons who seek development of the whole person and who would choose to pursue this aspiration through Bethel College. The learning community of Bethel College includes undergraduate students in traditional and non-traditional programs, graduate students, faculty, staff, the local community, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. By the term, "whole persons," the College intends that, in the true spirit of the liberal arts education, the undergraduate education encompass all dimensions of the human being, which are in reality inseparable. Intellectual development focuses on the cognitive aspect of the human; cognitive development incorporates analysis, critical reflection, and synthesis of knowledge of multiple disciplines. Social development focuses on the affective and behavioral aspects of the human; social development incorporates the ability to interact and communicate with other humans with civility and tolerance. Physical development focuses on the corporeal aspect of the human; physical development incorporates respect for the body as integral to the cognitive, social, and spiritual dimension of the human experience. Spiritual development focuses on the metaphysical aspect of the human; spiritual development incorporates the ideas of faith, morality, and practice. By the term, "Christian environment," the College draws upon the thought of St. Ignatius that the collegiate environment should facilitate knowledge and contemplation such that actions are based on unbiased reason and reasonable faith.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Cumberland Presbyterian|
When applying to Bethel University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 4. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 4. The application fee at Bethel University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||55.3%|
|Application deadline||August 4|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 4|
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62 percent.
|Student-faculty ratio||N/A 4|
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Bethel University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Bethel University offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bethel University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bethel University.
|Students who have cars on campus||80%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
Paying for School
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|Tuition and fees||$14,520 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,164 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data