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Bethel on three national lists for 2011-12

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fall is ranking season for national publications in the United States and Bethel College is on three lists as of Sept. 12.

In the longest running of these, the annual ranking of top colleges and universities by staff of U.S. News & World Report, Bethel moved from the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category to “Regional Colleges,” where it appears among the Top 20 institutions in the Midwest list, at No. 17.

In the magazine’s survey of “America’s Best Colleges,” released Sept. 13, Bethel is the highest-ranking Kansas college in the Midwest region.

U.S. News compared more than 1,600 accredited four-year schools nationwide using a set of up to 16 indicators, with key measures being: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

The U.S. News complete rankings are available at and will be on newsstands starting Sept. 20.

For the last several years, has annually ranked 650 colleges and universities nationwide, based on economic factors such as career prospects, quality of teaching, graduation rates and debt levels. Bethel is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas to make the 2012 list, coming in at No. 462, behind the University of Kansas (428) and Kansas State University (446) and ahead of Wichita State University (615).

Complete rankings for are at

Finally, Bethel appears for the first time the Washington Monthly annual college guide, which it has been publishing since 2005. The Washington Monthly, an independent periodical covering government, politics, culture and media, ranks institutions on “what they can do for the country” – for example, enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees; research production and sending students on to earn PhDs; and commitment to service.

Bethel College makes the Washington Monthly list in its “Liberal Arts Colleges” category, placing No. 110 out of 249. It is, again, the highest-ranking Kansas college on that particular list, as well as the highest-ranking Mennonite college.

The complete rankings for the Washington Monthly are at

“We are sincerely honored by the accolades Bethel College receives for its academic prowess,” said Perry D. White, Bethel College president. “We appreciate the recognition our peers have given our campus community for its ethos of scholarship in an environment that simultaneously challenges and supports our students.”

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