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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.

You’ll consistently find Bethel recognized in national rankings for return on investment, liberal arts education and service to the community. Sure, the facts and figures make Bethel different from any other Kansas college, but what does a national publication really know about what’s important to you in choosing a college? Maybe you can better relate to what our students say and how Bethel alumni are succeeding in their careers.

Discover why national organizations and students from across Kansas, the nation and the world rank Bethel College at the top of their list.

  • Only Kansas college National Liberal Arts Colleges category – US News & World Report, 2018-19
  • #1 Kansas small college for highest earning graduates – Zippia, 2018
  • Only Kansas college Best National Liberal Arts Colleges – Washington Monthly, 2018-19

Progressive Christian liberal arts education

Founded on the premise of “ opening wide the doors of the institution, so that all may have an opportunity to partake of whatsoever advantages may be offered by it,” you’ll find Bethel has a long history of infusing its liberal arts education with values-based learning in conflict resolution and peace and social justice, skills necessary to succeed in today’s global climate.

Diversity within community

In 1886, three men stood on a knoll and surveyed a great sea of prairie grass — the center of an immigrant community that stretched for miles in all directions. Despite their differences, these people shared a commitment to educating their children. That meant a local college. Bethel College.

More than 125 years later, the ideal of a diverse community united through the search for knowledge still guides Bethel College. You are invited to come, just as you are, to thrive in an inclusive, welcoming community.

Lifelong learning

Bethel serves to educate the whole student, promoting a broad education over narrow career training. Master a range of knowledge, including the communication and critical thinking skills employers desire. You’ll graduate with a wide range of professional options and preparation to take advantage of opportunities in developing fields – even the adaptability to take a communications degree and turn it into a career in disaster psychology.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.