NORTH NEWTON, KAN. A total of 470 students are enrolled this fall at Bethel College, compared to last year’s figure of 471. The college has 435 full-time students and 35 part-time. Total full-time equivalency (FTE) is 493.1, compared to 482 last year. While the numbers indicate a steady enrollment, numbers of new students have risen, according to Lavonne Mullet, vice president of marketing and enrollment. "We have 168 new students enrolled for fall semester, which is an increase of 16 percent," Mullet says.
The college’s recruitment strategy, according to Mullet, focused on attracting legacy students and Kansas students. Legacy refers to students whose parents, grandparents or siblings have attended Bethel College.
"As a result of these efforts," Mullet continues, "legacy students increased 17 percent. Our Kansas freshmen increased 37 percent, and more than 80 percent of our transfer students are from Kansas." The new Kansas students are from 42 high schools in the state, and the new students come from 16 states as well as Germany, Guatemala, Jamaica, Russia and Vietnam.
The percentage of new Mennonite students enrolled at Bethel College this fall is 42 percent, compared with 45 percent for the total Bethel student population.