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Bethel Ranks 20 in U.S. News Media Group's America's Best Colleges

Bethel earned the 20th spot among the Midwest’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. Nationally there are 371 schools in the Regional Colleges category and overall Bethel came in at 55. That puts Bethel in the top 14 percent of all Baccalaureate Colleges.

The 2012 America’s Best Colleges package provides a list of more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools and how they compare on a set of 12 indicators. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

The rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the September issue of the “U.S. News & World Report” magazine on Sept. 20.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.