Bethel College

Why Bethel College

We prepare students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith
formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.

The are so many reasons to make Bethel your top college choice (and to be proud as an alumnus) – as numerous national rankings confirm.

Why Bethel


Academic Excellence

Top-notch academic preparation in an array of majors with the ability to craft a major tailored to your own interests and passions.

  • 1,891 possible majors when you partner with two faculty advisers and design your own iMajor
  • 43+ areas of study
  • Only Kansas college ranked for producing cutting-edge scholars – Washington Monthly

Caring Community

Inclusive, welcoming faith-based community whose members will walk alongside you, encouraging you to thrive just as you are and to approach the world with an attitude of service and social justice.

  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 425+ service opportunities available
  • Only Kansas college ranked for encouraging students to give something back to their community and country – Washington Monthly

Hands-on Learning

Breadth of quality opportunities, including employment experiences, undergraduate research and service learning opportunities providing you real-life experiences while building your confidence – and your résumé.

  • 100% of Bethel students put their knowledge into action through internships, research, service and/or public performance.
  • As of Fall 2024, 100% of Bethel students will be employed throught the Employment Experiences Office, boosting marketability and résumés.
  • Research posters are regularly chosen for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Hands on


Post-graduate Success

Master the skill sets – communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking and writing – desired by employers and graduate schools, combined with the heart and ingenuity to effect positive change in the world.

  • 100% of Bethel students complete Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies coursework.
  • 100% of responding graduates were either employed, attending graduate school or working in voluntary service one-year post-graduation (2019).
  • 91% of responding graduates were working in a position that aligned with their major (2019).
  • #1 private college in Kansas in number of graduates going on to earn a Ph.D., (2015).

Our Rep

National Reputation

Return on investment. Contribution to the public good. Liberal arts education. These are just some of the reasons Bethel consistently achieves national recognition.

  • First Kansas college or university to be named a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center.
  • 1 of 4 private Kansas colleges recognized in the President’s Higher Education Community Service honor roll.
  • #23 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best Regional Colleges Midwest” for 2023-2024.
  •  #14 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” for 2022-2023 .