Bethel College is an evangelical Christian community of learners.

Our Mission

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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 the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Our Vision and Priorities

In 2022, Bethel College celebrates its 75th Anniversary. That threshold is not an insignificant flip of the calendar. It could be a gateway, an appointed time which affects how we work now. Years pass swiftly whether we pay attention or not. Bethel decided to pay attention.

Read more about our important guiding vision.

Our Programs

Bethel College prepares its students for their calling and career and to be ambassadors for Christ in the world. Founded in 1947, Bethel is an accredited evangelical Christian college of the arts and sciences. Bethel College is authorized by the State of Indiana to operate as a postsecondary institution.  Students graduating from our programs (we offer more than 50 areas of study) have achieved:

  • Double the national average medical school acceptance rate.
  • 100 percent job placement rate in nursing.
  • 99 percent job placement rate in music education.

Accreditation and Memberships

Bethel is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of numerous associations, institutes and councils, including the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Learn more.

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Our goals

President Gregg A, Chenoweth, Ph.D. expects GREATer things for Bethel. The GREATer Agenda: 2014–2018 was launched in March 2014, and focuses on five specific priorities: growth, revival, encore, aesthetics, and testify (GREAT).

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Spirited Community

  • Bethel College has more than 1,650 traditional undergraduate, adult and graduate students.
  • Bethel is powered by more than 200 full-time faculty and staff.
  • Bethel’s connections are with 25 denominational connections.

Our Alumni

Our 20,000 alumni reside in 49 states and 35 areas of the world. Our graduates have accomplished great things in their professional lives. Here are a few we’re proud to call Pilots (see Pride Points for many more):

  • The Indiana Superintendent of the Year
  • A national leader and lab executive in nanotechnology and sustainable energy
  • MLB All-Star team representative and pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

Pride Points

  • Bethel hosts more than 8,000 guests annually for music and theater productions and 20,000 annually in conference services.
  • Our athletic programs have won 33 national team championships in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).
  • Bethel has been ranked in the top 16 percent of all baccalaureate colleges in the nation, by U.S. News and World Report.

Our Location

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, (St. Joseph County), Bethel College is an urban-situated campus close to a wide range of recreational opportunities. The sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are less than an hour away, and the city of Chicago is just 90 miles from campus. Additionally, Bethel is:

  • Located near five colleges, including the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend and down the street from the second-largest shopping district in the state.
  • Close to nearly 50 parks, including Mishawaka’s three-mile Riverwalk development, which was built on a reclaimed former factory site. The park connects to a 16-mile bike path along the St. Joseph River.
  • Livability.com named South Bend, Indiana, ninth in its ranking of the 10 Best College Towns, 2014.
Students and prospective students may file a complaint against Bethel College by following the process available through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. See submission process, limitations and guidelines.