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It is the comprehensive Bethel education both inside and outside of the classroom that will have a lasting and profound impact on my future
Josh Chittum ’09

4-Year Guarantee

Concerned about college costs?

  • Enroll as a Bethel College freshman.
  • Stick to one major.
  • Take full-time loads.
  • Make reasonable academic progress.

If you fulfill the above criteria, you will graduate in four years.* If you do not, the Bethel College courses you need to graduate are yours, tuition free.

During the past 10 years, 74 percent of Bethel graduates finished their degrees in four years, well above the 49 percent national average for public colleges.

Explore the links in this section to find out how this guarantee can save you money; whether the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee is for you; and the required commitments for both you and Bethel College.

What is the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee?

Bethel College guarantees essential courses will be available to allow you to complete all course work necessary to fulfill Common Ground and major requirements so you are a candidate for a baccalaureate degree from Bethel College by the end of the eighth consecutive semester of study. When conditions for the guarantee are satisfied and a student is still not able to graduate in eight semesters, Bethel College will provide tuition, plus any course fees, for all Bethel College courses needed to complete the degree requirements. This guarantee is for students who begin as first-time freshmen, stick to one major, take a full load each term and make reasonable academic progress.

Bethel College’s 4-Year Graduation Guarantee offers serious, goal-oriented incoming freshmen guaranteed savings in time and money as they work toward completion of their baccalaureate degree programs. In fact, during the past 10 years, 74 percent of Bethel graduates finished their degrees in four years, well above the 49 percent national average for public colleges.

However, Bethel also provides you the space to explore and discover your educational aspirations. So you may elect to extend your studies beyond eight semesters to take advantage of research and employment opportunities or certificate and/or minor programs, or to pursue specialized plans of study tailored to unique career goals.

Whether you are ready to map out a single route or want the flexibility of varied paths toward your educational goals, Bethel’s combination of advising, course scheduling and individual attention ensures efficient and steady progress toward graduation. You will also find financial support to make your choices possible.

* Programs that require coursework beyond the major to fulfill teacher licensure requirements are excluded from the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee.

Want to know more?

Find out whether the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee is for you; the required commitments; and how this guarantee can save you money. When you’re ready to make the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee commitment, complete the agreement form.

If you have additional questions, contact the vice president for academic affairs or the Office of Admissions.