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Student Life

Student Life

Encounter acceptance within our residential campus—where your classmates are your neighbors and your neighbors are your friends.

Experience a deep commitment to integrity and respect for all people, within a supportive network of classmates and teammates who are just a knock on the door away.

Extend your education beyond the classroom with activities designed to help you grow emotionally, socially and spiritually, all while enhancing your academic and leadership skills.

Discover the intersection between your gifts and the world’s needs within a network of encouragement, challenge and respect. And find meaningful friendships for a lifetime.

  • 70% of students live on campus
  • 30 states represented
  • Community: that prizes social connectivity and shared endeavor with others, Bethel values statement


Shape the way you learn and live in a complex and diverse world within our accepting community. We strive not just to welcome all as Christ, but also to demonstrate care for “the stranger and the foreigner” – in today’s terms, the immigrant and the refugee.

Opportunities for Participation

Learn what it means to be “Bethel busy.” With nearly 40 clubs and organizations, 14 varsity athletic teams, a variety of fine arts opportunities, forensics and numerous intramural sport options, you have multiple ways to get involved and create lifelong college memories. Opportunities are limited only by your imagination.

More than Fun and Games

Your academics and overall well-being are our top priority. Take advantage of services such as our Center for Academic Development, career services and health and counseling services. Accept invitations to enhance your spiritual awareness and understanding through a variety of spiritual life and service activities.


Bethel College is a community of individuals sharing the goals and values related to a liberal arts education and a Christian understanding of life rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite heritage. We welcome and embrace the rich diversity students, faculty and staff from many traditions, backgrounds and cultures bring to the campus. We expect all members of the community to affirm and strive toward the goals of Bethel College and to maintain a relationship of trust with one another.

We believe the highest standards of personal conduct are contained in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Guided by these teachings, we strive to be a community whose members are responsible to each other in the following ways:

  • to seek the health, growth, and development of self and others;
  • to guard the dignity and worth, and to promote the equality and empowerment, of self and others;
  • to be honest and trustworthy;
  • to help maintain the order, peace and privacy people need for rest, study and reflection;
  • to value volunteerism and participate in service to others;
  • to work through conflicts without force, intimidation or retreat;
  • to promote relationships that are free from sexual discrimination, sexual coercion, exploitation and abuse;
  • to keep the environment safe and clean; and
  • to nurture the spiritual awareness and development of self and others.

Any behavior that jeopardizes the rights or safety of others or places oneself at risk is subject to institutional intervention.

You can learn more about Bethel’s Community Standards, along with the student conduct process, in the Student Handbook.

About Bethel

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.