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Bethel retains Top 5 national ranking

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has once again made the Washington Monthly “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” list, remaining in its position of No. 3.

Washington Monthly groups institutions into four areas as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, including baccalaureate colleges, which according to Carnegie comprise “schools that focus on undergraduate education but offer fewer than half of their degrees in the liberal arts.”

The Washington Monthly rankings measure institutions based on three criteria, slightly altered from previous years: service, research and social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students).

This fall, the Obama administration releases its plan to rate America’s colleges and universities, scheduled to go into effect in time for the 2015-16 school year. These will include measures of access, affordability and outcome – similar metrics to those used by Washington Monthly for years.

Washington Monthly gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, that enroll low-income students and help them graduate, and that don’t charge a fortune to attend.

“We are honored to see the continued recognition for the kind of quality educational experience Bethel provides for our students,” said Bethel President Perry D. White, “and pleased with work our people have done to make such an experience affordable for more kids.”

In the 2014 rankings, Bethel again follows Elizabeth City (North Carolina) State University and Tuskegee (Alabama) University, out of a total of 346 baccalaureate colleges rated.

The next closest regional institutions on the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” list are Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, No. 28, and Hastings (Nebraska) College, No 29.

Within Bethel’s immediate peer group, Tabor College, Hillsboro, No. 97, and Ottawa University, No. 118, are next closest.

The only other Mennonite Church USA college in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” was Bluffton (Ohio) University, No. 149. Goshen (Indiana) College and Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, appear in the “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings, at No. 153 and No. 223, respectively.

See the complete “2014 Baccalaureate Colleges” list at

Bethel College is also the only Kansas private college listed in the 2014-15 rankings of top colleges and universities in the United States. For more information, see

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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.