Bethel College, affiliated with the Missionary Church, is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.
An accredited evangelical Christian college of the arts and sciences, Bethel College was founded in 1947. Our spirited community is made up of more than 1,800 traditional undergraduate, adult and graduate students representing more than 25 denominational affiliations, 32 states and 11 countries, along with 250 full-time employees.
Bethel offers more than 50 areas of study, including unique programs like sign language interpreting and applied politics. Students gain real-world experience at Bethel, with course work and internship programs that prepare them for their calling and career. Through challenging academics taught from a Christian world view, students engage both mind and heart. With study abroad programs, short-term mission experiences and local service opportunities, Bethel trains students to be ambassadors for Christ in the world.
Students graduating from our programs have achieved:
- A medical school acceptance rate double the national average
- 100% job placement rate in Nursing
- 99% job placement in music education
- 100% pass rate on the sign language interpreting national exam
Our 20,000 alumni occupy 49 states and 35 areas of the world and have accomplished great things in their professional lives. Here are a few of the many alumni we’re proud to call Pilots:
- A recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award – the highest honor in Indiana presented by the governor
- The Indiana Superintendent of the Year
- The Indiana Principal of the Year,
- A pediatric surgeon in the top 1% of his field in North America
- A senior Midwest manager for Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- The Vice President of Development for the Bill of Rights Institute in Washington, D.C.
- The former executive director of the largest Youth for Christ district in the nation
- The lead in “South Pacific” off Broadway
- A national leader and lab executive in nanotechnology and sustainable energy,
- MLB All-Star team representative from the Cleveland Indians
- MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres
Bethel is urban-situated, located in Mishawaka, Ind., whose county hosts 250,000 residents, five colleges (including the University of Notre Dame), the second largest shopping district in the state, more than 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and Mishawaka’s own renovated, three-mile Riverwalk development connected to a 16 mile bike path along the St. Joseph River. A wide range of other recreational opportunities are within reach, with beaches on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan less than an hour away and the city of Chicago only 90 miles from campus.
National Recognition – Local Impact
Bethel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report (top 13% of baccalaureate colleges), the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the Templeton Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges (top 100 nationally), and is recognized as a College of Distinction.
Bethel hosts more than 8,000 guests annually for music and theatre productions, 20,000 annually in conference services, and many in our community who support our athletic programs which have won 33 national team championships in the NAIA and NCCAA.
A GREATer Bethel
In July 2013, Gregg A, Chenoweth, Ph.D., became Bethel College’s seventh President. Following six months of review by employees, donors, community members, church representatives and trustees, Bethel College launched five institutional priorities and nearly 200 strategies in March 2014 called the GREATer Agenda: 2014-2018. With the goal of becoming a top five most influential Wesleyan college in America by 2022, the first five years of the agenda focus on five specific priorities: growth, revival, encore, aesthetics and testify (G R E A T).
- G: Bethel’s goal is to grow by 1,000 students — 200 traditional and 800 adult and graduate students.
- R: Bethel is creating conditions for revival on campus, living in expectancy that God will move.
- E: We are striving for an encore, serving our constituents so well that they’re left wanting more.
- A: Bethel is working toward improving our aesthetics with $20 million in designated projects ($5.8 raised in the first 6 months) on campus to reflect our best self and maximize our service and our impact.
- T: We’re testifying to who we are and what God can accomplish through us.