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Spring retention numbers show reason to celebrate

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 02/22/2022 - 16:21
Roll on banner and Ad Building

Bethel’s spring semester enrollment, and in particular the retention percentage, showed numbers worth celebrating, especially in a pandemic.

Enrollment numbers become official on the 20th day of classes, which was Feb. 8 for spring 2022.

The report showed an official count of 449, the second highest spring number in a decade.

Equally important: the retention rate for all students is 93.2% (fall 2021 to spring 2022), and 89.9% for first-time freshmen, both of which are above average overall.

Advancement and admissions swap places on campus

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 07/29/2021 - 14:03

A big move happened on the Bethel College campus July 28.

Two departments – admissions and advancement/alumni – switched places between Leisy House, on the corner of 24th Street and College Ave., and the suite on the west side of the Administration Building’s 2nd level.

Six admissions staff (plus their summer student worker) moved into the Ad Building while seven advancement and alumni personnel began setting up a new home in Leisy House.

Enrollment rises despite pandemic

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:07
Ad Building and threshing stone

Bethel’s incoming student numbers stayed up and total enrollment increased, a heartening trend following the unexpected end to the 2019-20 school year.

After the 20th day of classes, when semester numbers become official, there are 151 first-time freshmen (compared to last year’s 155), the second-largest class in the past 32 years, along with 30 transfer students.

Total enrollment was 469, compared to 456 in fall 2019, an increase of 2.8%.

Bethel sees enrollment increase for second straight year

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:15
Move-in, fall 2019

As colleges everywhere had a “different start” to the fall 2020 semester, one thing remained the same for Bethel – an enrollment increase.

As of the first day of classes, the enrollment stood at 475, compared to 466 a year ago, an increase of 2% (unofficial census).

“This year’s increased enrollment is a product of a strong class of new students and the improved retention of our returning students,” said Eric Preheim, interim director for admissions.

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