Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

Bethel, founded in 1871, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 231-acre campus is located in a residential area between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Website: www.bethel.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,904
Undergraduate
Students
(62.0%) 1,801 Women
(38.0%) 1,103 Men
1,687
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
83% of 1,812 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.50
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$51,700
Tuition and Fees
$37,300
Room and Board
$10,520
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$30,215
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,990
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
181
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

St. Paul Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
63% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
4.4% Black/African-American
4.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.3% White
6.8% Unknown
International Students
0.2%
First-Year Students Returning
85.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
60.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
24.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 4  
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
3900 Bethel Drive
City, State, Zip
St. Paul, MN 55112-6999
Phone
(651) 638-6242
Fax
 
E-mail
undergrad-admissions@bethel.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for some freshmen
Other
Rank in upper 50% of high school class required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
83% of 1,812 applicants were admitted
Women
84% of 1,152 applicants were admitted
Men
82% of 660 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
692 (46%) of 1,513 admitted students enrolled
Women
415 (43%) of 969 admitted students enrolled
Men
277 (51%) of 544 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.50
3.75 and Above
36%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49
4%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
11%
Score of 24 - 29
44%
Score of 18 - 23
41%
Score of 12 - 17
4%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 25%
Top quarter: 52%
Top half: 81%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$51,700
Tuition and Fees
$37,300
Room and Board
$10,520
Books and Supplies
$1,240
Other Expenses
$2,640
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002338
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
543 (93.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
464 (85.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
464 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
105 (22.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$30,215
Need-Based Gift
Received by 464 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $24,855
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 376 (81.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,589
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 80 (17.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
116 (20.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,500

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,994 (86.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,732 (86.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,729 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
352 (20.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$28,736
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,725 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,874
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,461 (84.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,364
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 241 (13.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
538 (23.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,577

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,990
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
2,227
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
125
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
282
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Out-of-State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
506
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Youth Ministry
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
181
Part-Time Faculty
116
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
54%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 60% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 22% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
328,022
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
203
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication--General
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Gerontology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication--General
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Gerontology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Location and Setting


St. Paul Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Campus Size
289 acres

Weather

Temperature
2.8 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
63% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
37%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
video surveillance for residence halls, academic buildings, and parking lots

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
School Colors
Royal blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
volleyball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, bethel student government, bethel business and economics association, bethel rec sports, welcome week
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,904
Women
1,801 (62.0%)
Men
1,103 (38.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,407
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
4.4% Black/African-American
4.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.3% White
6.8% Unknown
International Students.
0.2%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,687

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
85.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
60.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
68.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
69.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
24.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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