Earn respect and become a global leader who makes a difference with your Bethel College degree – follow the steps below to launch a life-changing experience.
Prepare to make your mark on campus and the world as one of the newest Threshers. Learn the lingo and connect with classmates. Hear the wisdom of those who have helped hundreds of Threshers enter young adulthood, and the advice of some current students and recent graduates.
You’ll be a great addition to our close-knit learning community. We look forward to you joining the Thresher family.
- 10:1 student-faculty ratio
- 72% of Bethel graduates finished their degree in four years during the past 10 years, well above the 49 percent national average for public colleges.
- More than 50% of students come from backgrounds other than Mennonite.
1. Submit your deposit and Student Life Contract.
Before you start picking out items for your residence hall room, make your acceptance into the Thresher family official. Secure your spot by submitting your deposit and Student Life Contract online. Then you’ll start receiving important information, like how to set up your e-mail and how to register for classes.
2. Schedule an Enrollment Day.
You’re invited to stop in early to register for classes, check in with Financial Aid, select housing and meal plans, and set up your payment plan. You’ll also receive your student ID and e-mail address as well as gain access to ThresherConnect. If you can’t attend one of our Enrollment Days, call your admissions counselor. He or she will arrange an individual on-campus appointment for you, or tell you about the phone registration options.
Once you’re enrolled, you’ll have the following resources to help you determine a major, succeed in the classroom and prepare to accomplish incredible things in your community and in your career.
3. Prepare for Thresher Days.
Our new student (freshman and transfer) orientation program is designed to help you navigate your transition to Bethel College, both academically and socially. During Thresher Days, new students interact with each other, get to know faculty and staff outside the typical office or classroom setting, and begin to experience what it means to be a Bethel student.
- Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Submit final transcripts to the registrar’s office.
- Register for fall classes (requires a Bethel login).
- Athletes: start the NAIA clearinghouse process for eligibility.
- Purchase textbooks (be sure to order early, so books arrive by Aug. 12).
- Turn in your financial registration paperwork (requires a Bethel login).
- Pay tuition and fees by Aug. 12.
- Students planning to live on campus must be vaccinated for meningitis, and have a TB screening and/or skin test.
- Complete a Host Family Survey if you want to be matched with a family.
- Your Social Security card or passport
- Your immunization records (or e-mail them to the Student Life Office ahead of time)
- Required documentation if you are interested in student employment on campus. Photocopies will not be accepted.
- Vehicle registration information, including make, model, year, color, license plate number and to whom the vehicle is registered