Mission: Bethel College seeks to be a diverse community of learners committed to searching for authentic faith and academic achievement, providing rigorous instruction in the liberal arts and selected professional areas and inspiring intellectual, cultural and spiritual leaders for church and society.
- 4-year liberal arts
- Church affiliation:
- Mennonite Church USA (Independent Corporation and Board)
- North Newton, Kan. (adjacent to Newton, Kan., pop. 19,000)
- 90 acres
- Miles to Wichita:
- Miles to major cities:
- Kansas City: 180; Oklahoma City: 184; Denver: 490; Omaha: 303
- Newest campus additions:
- Renovated Luyken Fine Arts Center (2014); $5 million renovated Will Family Academic Center (2012); $5.5 million sports complex (2005); $5 million Krehbiel Science Center and Mabee Observatory (2002)
- Overall ranking:
- Ranked number 3 in the nation among Best Baccalaureate Colleges in Washington Monthly’s annual college guide 2015; The only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of
America’s Best Collegesfor 2015; one of only five Kansas colleges listed in Christian Colleges of Distinction 2014–15; one of only two Kansas colleges in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Midwest Regional Colleges category, 2015 .
- Graduation rate:
- Postsecondary Education Opportunity ranks Bethel in the top 12 nationally of liberal arts colleges whose actual graduation rates surpass predictions.
- One of six colleges or universities that have sent students to the American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament every year since its beginning in 1978.
- A Templeton Character Building College and one of only eight colleges to be listed in Mother Jones as a college that combines
great values with good value
- One of only four Kansas colleges to be recognized as part of the most recent President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
- Biomedical science:
- In 1996, 2003, 2007, and 2011, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recognized Bethel College for the high number of its science majors who go on to earn M.D. degrees and/or Ph.D. degrees in the sciences.
- Teacher education graduates who passed the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) for teacher licensure in 2010–13:
- Biology and natural science graduates who successfully pursued Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees (since 1987):
- approximately 50%
- Social work graduates who passed licensing exam on first attempt:
- more than 97%
- Graduate school:
- 1 out of every 17 graduates earns a doctoral degree, ranking Bethel first in the state and 92nd in the nation in percentage of bachelor degree students who go on to earn a Ph.D.; ranked No. 2 in the nation for bachelor’s to Ph.D. criterion in Washington Monthly’s annual college guide for 2015.
- Return on investment:
- Ahead of Wichita’s public university; only Kansas private college ranked in Forbes.com for 2015.
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Social Work
- Areas of study:
- Accounting, Art, Athletic Training, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical and Counseling Studies, Coaching, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Education, Graphic Design, German, Health and Physical Education, History, Human Services, Interprofessional Health Studies, Literary Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience, Nursing, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical Studies, Social Work, Spanish, Sport Management, Youth Ministry. Bethel offers teacher licensure in secondary education for 10 majors.
- Study and travel abroad:
- Study abroad programs at 19 colleges and universities in 17 countries, including Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Spain.
- two 16-week terms (fall and spring); 4-week January interterm; summer term
- Average class size:
- Graduation requirements include:
- an undergraduate research project, a public performance and/or an internship
Intentional Caring Community
- Student-faculty ratio:
Student body profile
- States represented:
- Other countries represented:
- 76.9% of traditional-age students live on campus in one of three residence halls
- Freshman class (2014–15):
- average ACT score 22.24; 16.66% in top 10% of high school class; 37.5% in top 25% of high school class
Opportunities for Participation
- 15 varsity sports under the auspices of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics-Division II, including: football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, cheerleading, women’s softball and men’s and women’s cross country; for recent, specific awards, see the website.
- Thresher Stadium, Joe W. Goering Field and Herbert Schmidt Track; Thresher Gymnasium; Memorial Hall gym; Ward Tennis Center; practice fields; biking/walking/running paths; cardio equipment and weight rooms
- Thresher (What is a Thresher?)
- Maroon and gray
- Intramural sports:
- More than a dozen options
- Clubs and organizations:
- Nearly 50 options
- Award-winning forensics and debate team
- 4 or more opportunities each school year to perform on stage or behind the scenes in plays and musicals
- Choral ensembles, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, orchestra, private lessons, community music groups and coffeehouse performance opportunities. Since 2010, one or more Bethel music groups have been selected to perform at the annual conference of the Kansas Music Educators Association. In 2014, the Concert Choir performed at the Southwestern Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Read more about opportunities for involvement.
- Mennonite Church USA
- Other backgrounds:
- Though Mennonites represent the largest single denomination at Bethel, more than half of our students come from backgrounds other than Mennonite.
- Available activities:
- Bible study groups, praise and worship services, hymn sings, weekly chapel services and regular service opportunities