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Fall enrollment numbers show healthy rise over 2016

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College saw an uptick in enrollment this fall of close to 10 percent.

Bethel’s overall enrollment went from 460 at this time last year to 503, an increase of 9.34 percent.

The Class of 2021 includes seven high-school valedictorians, with 14 percent of freshmen coming from the top 10 percent of their graduating class and 33 percent from the top quarter.

Other characteristics of Bethel’s fall 2017 student body: first-time freshmen come from 14 states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin) in addition to Kansas, with one student from Sweden.

First-time freshmen represent 43 different Kansas high schools, while 21 first-time freshmen are legacy students, meaning a parent, grandparent or sibling has previously attended Bethel.

First-time freshmen number 122 and transfers 98. Transfer students come from seven states, with one from England.

Of the 98 transfer students, 34 are enrolled in Bethel’s RN-to-BSN program.

There are two students from Germany, from the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, as part of the exchange program that has been in place since 1951.

“We are excited about the growth of our incoming class at Bethel this year,” said Andy Johnson, vice president of admissions. “With increases in our traditional population as well as our RN-to-BSN program, we enrolled our largest incoming class in recent memory.

“With the foundation laid in areas across campus we continue to project positive enrollment growth for 2018 as well.”

“Our enrollment growth is due to the combined efforts of the admissions staff, coaches and faculty?, and the management of the total recruitment effort of the college by Andy Johnson,” John Sheriff, interim president, added. “This is just one more of the positive things that are happening at Bethel College.”

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. 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.