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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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