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Bethel University is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,486, 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 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 24. Its tuition and fees are $30,840 (2012-13).
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Bethel University is a leader in Christian higher education with more than 6,400 students from 47 states and 32 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional seminary locations on both coasts, Bethel University 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, and a supportive, developmental social environment within a Christian worldview. Standout programs for undergraduates include art (with a semester-long experience at the university's New York Center for Art & Media Studies), physics, nursing, education, and business. The university has one of the country's few baccalaureate programs in reconciliation studies. All science programs offer research experiences, including collaborative research with faculty. Several hundred students annually study abroad. Graduate programs include the Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (Ed.D.), which incorporates distance education and summer residencies, and the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. 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 in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees prepare men and women for leadership and service. For further information on Bethel University, go to www.bethel.edu.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Converge Worldwide (former Baptist General Conference)|
When applying to Bethel University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||82.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Bethel University is 12:1, and the school has 45.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bethel University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.2 percent.
Bethel University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,486, with a gender distribution of 38.9 percent male students and 61.1 percent female students. At this school, 68.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32.0 percent of students live off campus. Bethel University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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, 53 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bethel University.
|Students who have cars on campus||53%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Bethel University, 75.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,249.
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|Tuition and fees||$30,840 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,900 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data