NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Nearly half of Bethel College's new crop of freshmen were ranked in the top one-fourth of their high school graduating classes, according to enrollment statistics completed after the college's 20th day. "Although overall enrollment is slightly down," President E. LaVerne Epp says, "the mood of the college is up, in part because of an outstanding group of freshmen." Eleven percent of Bethel's new freshmen were valedictorians of their high school classes; 11 percent came with 4.0 high school grade point averages (GPA). The high school GPA of all new freshmen at Bethel College this fall is 3.8. Forty-three percent of new freshmen were ranked in the top one-fourth of their high school classes.
Epp shared some of the leadership achievements and academic successes of the new freshmen with Bethel College Corporation members at a meeting last Friday on campus.
"As these new students learn from us, we will learn from them. As we see how they lead, they will make us better leaders," Epp said.
Other enrollment statistics show 471 students enrolled. Numbers for the current year include 435 full-time students and 36 part-time. The 46 transfers are from 23 two-year and four-year institutions in Kansas and nine other states. New international students are from Azerbaijan and Germany.
Forty-eight of the new freshmen are from Kansas, and 51 are from 13 other states. There are 21 from Texas and 7 from Nebraska. Forty-two percent of new freshmen are Mennonite.
Possible majors most often identified by incoming students this fall at Bethel were music, communication, education, biology, history and pre-engineering.
By June Krehbiel, Bethel College News Service