Bethel College


Experience your educational journey with advisers dedicated to helping you thrive – academically, spiritually, and personally.

You’ll have a supportive and challenging experience in and out of the classroom through our comprehensive developmental advising and residence life program. Your academic adviser is your point person to help make your academic experience as rewarding and successful as possible.

Realize your academic, personal and career goals in a mentoring relationship with your adviser.

Freshman Advising

Upon admission, you’re assigned to a Liberal Education Adviser (LEA), who helps you select courses appropriate to your goals, skills and interests.

LEAs are also concerned about your personal, social and spiritual life and meet regularly with you to discuss issues important to you.

If you’re relatively sure about your major, you’ll also be assigned an adviser in your major field. The LEA and the Major Exploration Adviser (MEA) work cooperatively to provide you with the best possible advising.

All first-time, full-time freshmen starting college in the fall semester are assigned to an advising group, which also forms a section of the course IDS 102: First-Year Seminar, which is required of all first-time freshmen. LEAs teach First-Year Seminar.

Major Advising

As a freshman, you’ll work with your Liberal Education Adviser for the first semester and often for the entire first year. When you’re ready to declare a major, an adviser in the major department will be selected. Students not ready to declare a major may remain with their LEA until they’re prepared to make the decision right for them.

If you’re a transfer student ready to pursue a particular major, you’ll be given an adviser in the appropriate academic department before you enroll. If you haven’t decided on a major, you’ll be assigned to a faculty adviser who, like the Liberal Education Adviser, will work with you until you’re ready to declare a major.

Advisers are not authorized to change the established policy of the college. You are solely responsible for assuring that your academic programs comply with the policies of the college. Any advice that is at variance with established policy must be confirmed by the vice president for academic affairs