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Connect To Purpose

Hear directly from the source – current students and alumni – just how Bethel has helped them connect to their purpose.

Listen to the stories of student experiences in the classroom, on the field, in the community and on the stage.

Discover how alumni have turned their degree into fulfilling – and often noteworthy – careers.

Peruse the many places Threshers have interned or attended graduate school and even worked following graduation.

These Thresher Tales illustrate how you too can experience an educational journey full of unique experiences, leading to purposeful post-graduate success. Become one of the thousands of Threshers who make a difference in our world, everyday.

  • 100% of Bethel students put their knowledge into action through internships, research and/or public performance.
  • #1 private college in Kansas in number of graduates going on to earn a Ph.D. (2015)
  • 97% of responding 2016 graduates were employed within a year of graduation.

Thresher Profiles

You too can become one of the countless stories of success and achievement as a Bethel student.

Your success is the focus of the entire Bethel community that surrounds you, supporting your academic, personal and professional pursuits.

Chart your course alongside your mentors to combine classroom experiences with hands-on learning, like the many students featured here.
Katrina Heinrichs — Senior Katrina Heinrichs spent three weeks working on a mural for Asbury Park in Newton. The concept for the piece was developed by Katrina, and she took into consideration a list of items that residents at Asbury said they'd like to see in a painting.
Chuck Lenley — Chuck has been playing drums since he was 3 years old and his drum kit consisted of a toy box as a bass drum and frisbees for cymbals. Not he plays drums in nearly every group on campus and is excited to have music performance in his future!
Tawon Green — Tawon is a psychology major who is interested in researching the effects of aggressive rap lyrics on those who listen to them. He also writes his own poetry!

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.