Bethel University

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3900 Bethel Drive

St. Paul, MN 55112

Phone: (651) 638-6400
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#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Bethel University is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,467, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 247 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Bethel University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 21. Its tuition and fees are $31,760 (2013-14).

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

Bethel University is a leader in Christian higher education with more than 6,500 students from 49 states and 24 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional seminary locations on both coasts, Bethel offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in nearly 100 relevant fields. For all students, Bethel emphasizes a holistic education with high quality academic programs, spiritual formation opportunities, a supportive and developmental social environment, and courses taught from a Christian worldview. Standout programs for undergraduates include business, nursing, education, communication studies, and psychology. Bethel's B.S. in biokinetics meets a growing need in the marketplace and features the Exercise Medicine and Prevention Center, giving students hands-on laboratory experience. Bethel ranks 7th nationally for percentage of students participating in study abroad programs, with more than 30 options for off-campus study including a semester-long experience at the university's New York Center for Art & Media Studies. Adult undergraduate students enroll in convenient evening and online degree-completion programs in fields like nursing, business, and human services. Graduate programs include the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, which incorporates distance education and summer residencies, and the MBA. Bethel's seminary programs are among the most innovative in North America, and include several delivery methods to enable students to continue current activities while taking courses. The Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs prepare women and men for ministry, leadership, and service. For more information about Bethel University, go to

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation Converge Worldwide (former Baptist General Conference)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $25,164,864


When applying to Bethel University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 93.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 93.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bethel University is 12:1, and the school has 50.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bethel University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 64%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 21%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Bethel University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,467, with a gender distribution of 37.1 percent male students and 62.9 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. Bethel University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,326
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

Bethel University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Bethel University 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 Bethel University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bethel University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bethel University, 75 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,979.

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Tuition and fees $31,760 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,200 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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