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Is Bethel a Christian campus?

We are a Christian college, boldly committed to teaching Christian values and principles in academics as well as day-to-day life. Our chapel times are central to the Bethel lifestyle and have been described as being “the heartbeat of campus.”

Bethel‘s commitment to a Christian perspective is the capstone of the Bethel experience. As one student recently stated, “In terms of eternity, it is spiritual development that counts and the administration here gets that.”

Many members of the Bethel family have indicated that a strong spiritual connection and a commitment to Christ-centered learning attracted them to Bethel. Top of Page

Does Bethel have qualified faculty?

Academic quality is one of the key ingredients to the growth Bethel is experiencing. The college is known for its strong classroom instruction.

During a series of focus groups, Bethel students expressed their excitement about the increase in the number and quality (the majority have their Ph.D.) of faculty on campus. The students were extremely pleased with the academic credentials and wealth of knowledge that these faculty members bring to the classroom.

The faculty are committed to our students and their academic goals. Even though Bethel is growing, we still have a low student to faculty ratio (13:1). One recent graduate stated that her professors “challenged and encouraged” her to be a “thinking individual and a strong spiritual leader.”

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Does Bethel have a good academic reputation?

We think we do, but don’t take our word for it. Bethel is continuously highly ranked by numerous associations and has been awarded many recognitions, including:

  • The Templeton Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges based upon campus culture
  • Ranked in the top 200 Colleges of Distinction
  • Identified as a top-tier college in U.S. News & World Report
  • Several top-ranked fields of study in Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges
  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • #12 in Washington Monthly's College rankings For Community Service involvement
  • #2 nationally in About.com's Top Ten Christian Colleges
  • #9 among all Indiana colleges for median starting salaries on Payscale.com

We appreciate being recognized by groups who review colleges on a variety of characteristics and they provide a point of reference. However, every family has specific needs and interests in the college selection process, and we highly recommend that you and your student visit each college you are considering to make an informed decision. This is the best way to better understand the dynamics of the spiritual and educational community for each college. Schedule your Bethel visit at www.BethelCollege.edu/Visit. Top of Page

Is financial assistance available?

Bethel College is committed to helping you discover the financial resources available to you. It is our desire to help make your dream of a Christian college education possible. Education is an investment of time and money that will last a lifetime.

The financial assistance programs at Bethel are designed to help you make the best and wisest investment possible: an investment in your student’s future. There are a variety of awards available for academic achievement and performance, as well as talent-based awards. There is even a church matching scholarship — a dollar-for-dollar match of a scholarship provided to you by your church up to $1,000.

For more information about these programs and how we can assist you in financing your student's college education, go to www.BethelCollege.edu/FinancialAid. Top of Page

Do Bethel students have a dress code?

Modesty and good taste are expected in student attire at Bethel. Clothes are to be free from offensive slogans or images and are not to be tight or revealing. Casual dress is the norm for students at Bethel. Top of Page

Is there a curfew?

Residential students are to be in their residence hall by 12:30 a.m. on Sunday-Thursday and by 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Top of Page

Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

Parking will not be available for freshmen residing on campus. Parking is available to all students commuting to campus. Top of Page

What happens if a student is experiencing academic difficulty?

The Bethel faculty are always available to answer questions. Students can meet with professors outside of the classroom to discuss class material. Faculty members might suggest a private tutor in certain cases. This can be arranged through Bethel's Student Enrichment Center and is offered at no cost to the student.Top of Page

What food services are available?

There are four venues where Bethel students can find food on campus — the Dining Commons, Sufficient Grounds (the college-owned coffee house), the Acorn and Café à la cart. The days of operation are as follows:

  • Dining Commons: Mon - Sun
  • The Acorn: Mon - Sun
  • Sufficient Grounds: Mon - Sat
  • Café à la cart: Mon - Fri

 

Grab and Go meals can be obtained from all four locations.

Special diets may be accommodated by contacting the general manager of dining services. For more information, visit www.BethelCollegeDining.com. Top of Page

Is there a security team on campus?

Bethel has a very competent campus safety staff. Safety officers patrol the campus around the clock — seven days a week, 365 days a year — to ensure the safety of all students. Top of Page

What if my student is sick while at Bethel?

The Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday. The director of health services, a registered nurse, is available during regular business hours. Students are referred to local urgent care clinics or physicians. If a student becomes ill after hours or on weekends, the resident director is available for assistance. Top of Page

What activities are available to my student?

Numerous extracurricular opportunities exist for students at Bethel.

Students are able to be involved in activities and organizations such as intramural sports, drama productions, kingdom mobilizers, ministry outreach programs, vocal and instrumental ensembles, varsity athletics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, task force teams, missions fellowship, student council, community service and much more. Top of Page

When do breaks occur?

The academic calendar calendar is updated and available on our website. Visit www.BethelCollege.edu/Academics to see the actual dates for this semester. Breaks for the year include:

  • Labor Day – no classes
  • Fall Break – Thurs. and Fri. in mid-October
  • Thanksgiving Break – Wed.-Fri. the week of Thanksgiving
  • Spring Break – typically the first part of March
  • Easter Break – Thurs. and Fri. before Easter

The last day for final exams is mid-December for fall, and the last week of April for spring. Be sure to check the final exam calendar prior to making plans to return home. Exam schedules cannot be changed. Top of Page