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Bethel College

North Newton, Kansas

Bethel College (BC) is a private, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. The Bethel experience integrates faith and learning while opening up the experience for internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad. With only about 500 students, BC offers a student-centered education.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
483 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
46% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
37 full-time faculty
38 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

North Newton, Kansas—28 miles from Wichita, and 180 miles from Kansas City.

Retention Fall 2014

63% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

58% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2014

Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 15%
White 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Athletics

NAIA Division II, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC)

14 varsity sports
7 men’s: football, basketball, cross country, track & field, golf, soccer, tennis
7 women’s: basketball, cross country, track & field, golf, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, and cheerleading

Mascot: Threshers
Colors: Maroon and Gray

Other Information

Bethel College is a four-year, liberal arts college affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, founded in 1887.

Academic Programs

Art; Athletic Training; Bible & Religion; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Communication Arts; Elementary Education; English; Graphic Design; Health & Physical Education; History; Mathematical Sciences; Music; Natural Sciences; Nursing; Psychology; Social Work.

More Distinctions

  • Qualified for the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament every year since the tournament’s beginning in 1978.

  • A "Templeton character-building college."

  • Recognized as part of the first-ever President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

  • Recognized by Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1996, 2003 and 2007 for high number of science majors who go on to earn M.D. and/or Ph.D. in the sciences.

  • One of only five Kansas colleges listed in Christian Colleges of Distinction 2014–15

Engaged Students

BC’s small size means that students are involved, participating in research, performances, and other college-related activities. The college focuses on providing a multiethnic education that develops students’ global knowledge and aptitude.

Study Abroad

BC students can choose to study abroad at 19 colleges and universities in such countries as France, Germany, Spain, England, China, Japan, India, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Austria, and Northern Ireland. Most notable is student exchange program with the university in Wuppertal, Germany, a partnership that dates back more than 50 years.

Service Learning

Service-learning is highly encouraged on the Bethel campus. With access to service-learning scholarships, students are able to overcome financial obstacles in order to direct their focus on putting their compassionate drives to action. As more than passive spectators, BC students develop a strong sense of social responsibility while gaining experience in community support.

BC emphasizes a true concern for the less fortunate, focusing, in addition, on the pursuit of peace and justice. Through their experiences, Bethel College students build practical peacemaking and conflict-resolution skills, communicating successfully with others of different backgrounds to create solutions amid societal conflict.

BC students also strive to live in harmony with the natural world, caring for God’s creations and working to reduce its exploitation. Bethel College students learn to act as environmentally careful citizens through an understanding of how their choices influence the environment on campus, in the community, and throughout the world.

A Mission of Excellence

Bethel’s mission is “to be a diverse community of learners committed to searching for authentic faith and academic achievement, providing rigorous instruction in the liberal arts and selected professional areas and inspiring intellectual, cultural and spiritual leaders for church and society.”

The College offers 17 degrees in the arts and sciences, the most popular of which are education, business, and nursing. The low student-to-faculty ratio of nine-to-one and small average class size of 14 mean that professors work closely with their students to ensure their learning, growth, and development.

Core Curriculum

BC’s academic curriculum is focused on helping students develop their intellectual, cultural, and spiritual leadership for the church and society. The General Education program provides a broad understanding of the social and natural world through the perspective of the liberal arts and sciences, helping students develop basic capacities in essential academic skills.

Integrated into the General Education, biblical and religious studies courses enhance students’ ethical perspectives and integrate their intellectual and spiritual values. BC students develop authentic, meaningful relationships with any and all of God’s children, enhancing their ability to make mature and reflective moral commitments.

Common Intellectual Experiences

“College Issues Colloquy” and “Basic Issues of Faith and Life” are integrated into students’ curriculum to increase camaraderie through common interdisciplinary experiences. All major programs branch from these experiences and lay the groundwork for vocational success through highyl focused study.

Some programs, like “Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies” or “Bible and Religion,” reflect a theologically distinctive idea of educational purpose. Other programs, like Nursing and Social Work, express both the values of service and the requirements for licensure in specific professions.

Vibrant Community

Two-thirds of BC students live on campus, and 80 percent are involved in some of the more than 50 student organizations and activities. They live, work, and play in the midst of a varied group of energetic and curious individuals, joining daily in study and discussion, sports and service, and teamwork and competition.

A Welcoming Community

Though Mennonites represent the largest single denomination at Bethel, more than half of BC students come from non-Mennonite backgrounds. BC students welcome and engage those who define themselves differently, gaining a wealth of knowledge and perspectives that enriches their personal growth. They are prepared for life with an appreciation and understanding of the “human experience” as they confront a diverse global community.

Campus Ministries

Spiritual life activities include Bible study groups, praise and worship services, hymn sings, and weekly chapel services. Bethel’s new Agape House, dedicated to campus ministries, provides a homey atmosphere for numerous spiritual life activities. In addition, experiences on the field, in the lab, on the stage, or in the chapel prepare BC students to reason clearly in new situations, to communicate with precision and persuasion, and to solve problems they may never have encountered before.

North Newton and Campus

Bethel is located in North Newton, which lies amid vast wheat fields and sits at the edge of the Flint Hills area of Kansas. BC’s distinctive campus includes the college’s Administration Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Sand Creek Trail, which passes through some of the most diverse natural habitats in the area.

Successful Outcomes

BC students find employment after graduation! In 2007, the job placement rate for teacher education graduates was 90 percent, while 100 percent of teacher education and more than 95 percent of social work graduates passed their licensing exam. Since 1987, about half of all biology and natural science graduates successfully pursued PhD and/or MD degrees. Overall, about one out of every 17 BC graduates earns a doctoral degree.

 

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2014

833 Total Applicants
409 Total Admissions
110 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
49.10% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 380 435
SAT Math 425 475
SAT Writing 340 440
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 25
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

Net Price Calculator

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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015

Expenses  
Tuition $24,200
Room and Board (on campus) $7,760
Room Only $3,940
Board Only $3,820
Estimated Total On Campus $31,960

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
80% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$16,369 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$5,848 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

First-time freshman checklist

  • Send in your completed Bethel College application with the $20 fee. If you mail the application before Dec. 1, the $20 fee is waived. You can waive the fee at any time by bringing your completed application with you when you visit campus.
  • Send your ACT (or SAT) scores to Bethel College. Bethel’s ACT code is 1390, SAT code is 6037.
  • When your high school transcript and ACT or SAT score are recieved, you will receive an acceptance letter. Automatic admissions standards are a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an ACT of 19 or SAT of 890.
  • Bethel mails you the Student Life Contract with a request for a $100 enrollment deposit. Housing preferences are considered upon receipt of the deposit and completed Student Life Contract.
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA by April 1 to be considered for Kansas grants. Bethel College’s Federal School Code is 001905. The FAFSA must be received before financial aid awards can be made.
  • The advising and early enrollment process begins May 1 for those who have returned their deposit and completed Student Life Contract.

Transfer Student Checklist

  • Send in your completed Bethel College application with the $20 fee. If you mail the application before Dec. 1, the $20 fee is waived. You can waive the fee at any time by bringing your application with you when you visit campus. (Contact us to schedule a campus visit.)
  • Request your transcript/s from each college in which you have previously enrolled.
  • Request a transfer recommendation from the Dean of Students at the college you are currently attending or that you most recently attended.
  • When Bethel receives your college transcript/s and the recommendation, you will be sent an acceptance letter. Automatic admissions standards are a minimum GPA of 2.0 and minimum college hours of 24 (if less than 24 transferable hours, automatic admission will require high school GPA and ACT score).
  • Bethel will mail you a Student Life Contract with a request for a $100 enrollment deposit. Housing preferences are considered upon receipt of the deposit and completed Student Life Contract.
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA by April 1 to be considered for Kansas grants. Bethel College’s Federal School Code is 001905. The FAFSA must be received before financial aid can be awarded.
  • The advising and early enrollment process begins May 1 for those who have returned their deposit and completed Student Life Contract.

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