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Bethel College Indiana
Bethel College is a vibrant Christian community for intellectually engaged students who want to...

Bethel College Indiana

Mishawaka, Indiana

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,800 students includes students from 31 states, 11 countries, more than 25 denominations, and culturally diverse backgrounds. Merit awards of up to $16,000 per year are available based on talent and ability. Bethel is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind. Located 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend/Mishawaka is the fourth largest metro area in Indiana, providing excellent internship opportunities for students.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,600 undergraduate students
77% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
29% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
81 full-time faculty
103 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

46% of students live on campus. Housing is separated into several different single-sex dorms.

School Location

Bethel is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in the heart of Mishawaka, Ind., just 90 miles east of Chicago. The Mishawaka/South Bend community is the fourth largest in Indiana.

Retention Fall 2014

81% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 10%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


(Athletic Division: NAIA). (17 Varsity sports)

Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis , Track & Field

Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis , Track & Field, Volleyball

Mascot: Pilots Colors: Blue, White

Other Information

Bethel College is a 4-year college of the arts and sciences affiliated with the Missionary Church, founded in 1947.

Academic Programs

Accounting, American Sign Language – Interpreter Trianing, Applied Politics, Biblical Languages *, Biblical Studies, Bicochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business Administration, Business Management *, Chemistry, Christian Ministries, Communication, Computer Science *, Criminal Justice, Cross-Cultural Communication *, Deaf Studies *, Design, Economics *, Economics and Finance, Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Engineering and Management, English and Writing, Exercise Science, Family Studies *, History, Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary/Liberal Studies, International Studies, International Health, Journalism *, Marketing *, Mathematics, Mathematics/Physics (Engineering 3/2), Muscial Theatre *, Music *, Music/Church Music *, Music Performance, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics *, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Public Relations *, Radio Broadcast *, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Sport Studies, STEM Business *, Studio Art, TESOL, Theatre Arts, Youth Ministry & Adolescent Studies PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Seminary, Veterinary Medicine * Associate degree, minor or concentration

More Distinctions

  • The Templeton Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges based upon campus culture

  • Ranked in the top 200 Colleges of Distinction

  • The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Off-Campus Learning

Bethel is alive with possibilities for students to take their learning to the next level. Recognizing that hands-on experience is just as valuable as time in the classroom, Bethel encourages internships across the curriculum. Practicums and research experiences are also offered, so that students can get a real taste of what their career might be like. Study abroad opportunities include semesters in Uganda, Australia, Oxford, Costa Rica, and more. The school even offers “task force” trips (short-term mission trips), which allow students to reach outside themselves and experience other cultures. Bethel also has two urban ministry houses in South Bend, Ind., Mishawaka’s sister city, where students can spend a semester across town. (

Community Service

Bethel’s campus is service-oriented; for example, each residence hall is paired with a nonprofit organization that students work with throughout the year. Bethel students, faculty, and staff volunteer thousands of hours in the community each year. In fact, Bethel has been ranked very highly for its community service participation, and has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for several years.

Real-World Learning

The Bethel faculty brings real-world experiences and a commitment to teaching into the classroom, helping students discover their unique vocations, the paths they will pursue in the world, and their individual talents. Through a carefully selected curriculum, genuine learning, intentional living, and faithful service, the Bethel community recognizes both the needs of the world and the part that Bethel graduates will play in it. By way of their service leadership, Bethel students learn how to become the hands and feet of Christ. They exert this mission in class, on campus, in the world, and in their careers.

Spiritual Learning

An environment rich in both faith and learning, Bethel creates community between spiritual and academic growth. Students’ faiths influence their class discussions, and their scholarly curiosities illuminate their spiritual questions. As a learning community, Bethel welcomes students from many backgrounds; as a faith-driven community, the college is open to engaging minds and hearts alike. Faculty, students, and staff serve as each other’s friends, mentors, and guides. Bethel is a spirited community, growing in faith and learning.

Guest Speakers

In addition to classes, Bethel offers academic enrichment through the Colloquia Lecture Series and Lectures in Philosophy, both of which offer students the chance to hear from experts about specific topics of interest. Chapel services three times a week allow students to hear from speakers from across the country and around the globe.

Student Activities

Bethel’s active student life offers plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus and beyond, whether they serve in student council, student life events, clubs and organizations, intramurals, fine arts, or student media programs. Further possibilities exist for spiritual life and service learning, and students are encouraged to utilize the resources provided by the student success center, wellness center, and center for intercultural development. (  

Well Rounded Education

A college of the arts and sciences, Bethel strives to provide students with a well rounded education through a curriculum that includes coursework in math, science, English, Philosophy, and the arts, in addition to students’ major-related courses. Bethel also encourages students to gain real-world experience by getting involved and giving back.

Leadership Programs

Bethel offers multiple leadership programs, including BUILD (Bethel Undergraduate Intellectual Leadership Development), a program for incoming freshmen designed to promote Christian service and leadership.  The Billy Kirk Leadership program also provides select minority students with scholarships and leadership training.

Career Services

The career service office offers students tools to help them discover their unique life calling through career assessment and counseling as well as resume and interview assistance. Bethel sponsors an annual career fair at which students can practice interviewing skills and network with prospective employers.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,215 Total Applicants
857 Total Admissions
224 Total Freshmen Enrollment

70.53% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 570
SAT Math 450 600
SAT Writing 430 550
ACT Composite 19 26
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $25,480
Fees $350
Total $25,830
Room and Board (on campus) $7,780
Room Only $3,680
Board Only $4,100
Estimated Total On Campus $33,610


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
79% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$16,219 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,331 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Bethel College seeks students with the intellectual capacity and initiative to work at the college level and who are motivated toward responsible citizenship and Christian commitment. The recommended high school course work to be prepared for Bethel includes: four years of English, three years of mathematics and laboratory science; three years of history and social studies and two years of a foreign language.

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make and should be based on more than the financial awards offered. Financial assistance may be only one of the means to help make academic goals a reality. Bethel College is committed to providing its students with the maximum financial assistance available to make that choice affordable. Comprehensive financial assistance packages may include merit awards, grants, loans and need-based assistance.

Students and parents respond to this commitment with one of their own. They understand that a quality arts and sciences education is an investment that pays lifelong dividends and they are willing to make that investment a financial priority.

Scholarships Opportunities

Bethel College merit awards range from $2,000-16,000. They are awarded to full-time undergraduate students and can be applied to direct tuition costs only. A student may not receive more than one academic scholarship/award in a given year. These awards may be used for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous full-time enrollment.

Bethel College Scholarship
Awarded based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Transfer student scholarships are determined by prior academic performance at an accredited college or university. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required to maintain the scholarship.

Bethel College Award
Awarded based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Transfer student awards are determined by prior academic performance at an accredited college or university. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA is required to maintain the award.

Art, Music and Theatre Arts Awards
Awarded based on outstanding performance or achievement through an audition or portfolio review. 
Students must apply for admission prior to audition.

Athletic Awards
Awarded in each varsity sport. Contact specific coach for details. Student must be accepted for admission to receive an award and must live on campus.

Dr. Billy Kirk Leadership Award
Awarded to incoming freshman minority students who live within the Midwest region. The award is based on student’s academic record, personal interview, essay, reference letters, extracurricular and leadership involvement. Billy Kirk Scholar Leaders will be selected from ethnic minority candidates. Finalists are required to live on campus and attend pre-college sessions on campus during their senior year of high school and summer following. Separate application required.

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