Facts About Us

Bethel College is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1947 in Mishawaka, Ind. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of numerous associations, institutes and councils.

The Higher Learning Commission is a member of the North Central Association, and is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60602, phone, 800.621.7440.

A copy of accreditation documents may be requested by contacting the President’s office at 574.807.7210. Read more about our accreditations (below).

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Consumer Information

Bethel College Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate degrees offered at Bethel College.

Bethel College Adult and Graduate Programs

Adult programs offered at Bethel College

Graduate programs offered at Bethel College

Consortium Agreements

The number of credits earned under an approved consortium agreement is integrated into the student’s record upon completion of the course. Note: Courses must first be approved for transfer by the Bethel College Registrar’s Office. The Consortium Agreement is also subject to approval by both the home and host institution’s authorized financial aid staff.  Failure to complete the course/s could negatively reflect in the SAP evaluation.  Financial Aid staff from the home school will request information from the host school during the enrolled term to confirm continued enrollment and (at the end of the term) satisfactory academic progress.  Failure to complete the course/s or completing a course/s in a manner that does not comply with College’s transfer standards will result in financial aid suspension and future requests for a consortium agreement will not be considered.  If a SAP appeal is approved, unearned hours under the consortium agreement will not be calculated when future progress reviews occur.

Differences in Disability Services Between High School and College

Review of Applicable Laws, Goal, Documentation, Parental Role, Student Role, Teacher/Professors/Curriculum/Grades, Course Selections and Requirements, Process, and Housing Accommodations as the apply to high schools, college and Bethel College.

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Documentation and Verification Guidelines for Medical Professionals

In order to receive disability-related accommodations and/or service from Bethel College, students may be asked to submit documents of disability to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments ACT (ADA AA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Bethel College Disability Services policy. For these purposes, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities.  Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The Bethel College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program extends far beyond minimum requirements for such programs. Since Bethel does not permit the use of alcohol or drugs on or off campus, abuse problems tend to be hidden. For this reason, the extensive program strives to reach five distinct outcomes:

  1. Training and information which may prevent some students, faculty and staff from abusing drugs and alcohol.
  2. Training for the campus community so that they will more readily identify current problems.
  3. An increase in the level of competency of intervention techniques in a manner that is caring and correct.
  4. Better referrals to appropriate agencies and follow up with needed support.
  5. A campus-based, user-friendly resource center housing specific, needed information.

Download the full description of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (PDF)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  1. Right to and procedures for inspecting and reviewing a student’s educational records
  2. Right to and procedures for requesting amendment of a student’s education records
  3. Right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records
  4. Right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education
  5. Right to obtain a copy of the student records policy

Copies of the student records policy are available upon request from Student Financial Services.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid must maintain good academic standing with the college in order to qualify for continued financial aid awards. Read the full policy (PDF).

Offices to Contact

For information regarding student financial assistance
Office of Student Financial Services
574.807.7277
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For information regarding academics
Academic Services Office
574.807.7250
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For information regarding our residential campus
Student Development Office
574.807.7440
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For information regarding distance learning student complaint process

Out of State Licensure Requirements

Student Complaint Process for Online Learning

For information regarding our campus crime statistics

You may also reference the Department of Education Campus Crime Statistics

For information regarding copyright policies

 

Misrepresentation

In the case of written allegations or complaints from a student enrolled at the institution, a prospective student, the family of a student or prospective student, or a governmental official, the complaint must be addressed to the Office of the President. Upon receipt of such complaint, the president will begin investigation and determine if further action is warranted.

Return of Title IV Aid Policy and Procedures

Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. Read the full policy (PDF).

Special facilities

Services for students with disabilities are provided by the Center for Academic Success, located in the Academic Center. Services may include assistance with note taking, alternative testing, books on tape, or other accommodations deemed reasonable and necessary by qualified professionals. To receive these services, a student must provide documentation of his/her disability. The Center for Academic Success personnel also coordinate the peer tutoring program and Twenty First Century Scholars Program.

Tuition and Fees

See current costs for attending Bethel College as an undergraduate, adult and graduate student.

Accreditations

Approvals and authorizations:

Bethel College is authorized by the State of Indiana to operate as a postsecondary institution. Bethel College participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Indiana NC-SARA institution.

Complaints:

Complaints regarding Bethel College can be filed through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. See submission process, limitations and guidelines.

The Higher Learning Commission

A member of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60602, 800.621.7440.

The Higher Learning Commission
A member of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60602
(800) 621-7440
 

Other Accreditations and Approval Bodies:

  • Indiana Division of Professional Standards, 251 East Ohio Street, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2133
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-1023
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Indiana State Board of Nursing, 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, (317) 234-2043
  • Public Laws 16, 346, 550 and 894, for training veterans and their survivors
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Memberships

Bethel is a member of or partners with:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education
  • AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (participating partner)
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI/ICIF)
  • Indiana Commission of Higher Education (ICHE) (participating partner)
  • Jerusalem University College
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (N-OADN)
  • Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (NICE)

Graduation Rate Information

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2015-16 (entering class of 2010)

Number of students in 2010 entering class: 270

Overall six-year graduation rate for the class: 66%

Graduation rate for females: 66%

Graduation rate for males: 66%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 42%

Graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients: 61%

Graduation rate for non-Pell Grant recipients: 73%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2014-15 (entering class of 2009)

Number of students in 2009 entering class: 295

Overall six-year graduation rate for the class: 64%

Graduation rate for females: 69%

Graduation rate for males: 58%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 62%

Graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients: 53%

Graduation rate for non-Pell Grant recipients: 75%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2013-14 (entering class of 2008)

Number of students in 2008 entering class: 247

Overall six-year graduation rate for the class: 68%

Graduation rate for females: 70%

Graduation rate for males: 63%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 60%

Graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients: 61%

Graduation rate for non-Pell Grant recipients: 74%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2012-13 (entering class of 2007)

Number of students in 2007 entering class: 248

Overall six-year graduation rate for the class: 62%

Graduation rate for females: 60%

Graduation rate for males: 65%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 37%

Graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients: 57%

Graduation rate for non-Pell Grant recipients: 65%

 

Equity in Athletics Report

This report is designed to make prospective students aware of a school’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. View the Equity in Athletics Report. 

 

Athletic Graduation Rates

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2015-16 for those receiving athletic aid (entering class of 2010)

Number of students receiving athletic aid: 75

Overall six-year graduation rate for those receiving athletic aid: 64%

Graduation rate for females: 58%

Graduation rate for males: 72%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 38%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2014-15 for those receiving athletic aid (entering class of 2009)

Number of students receiving athletic aid: 68

Overall six-year graduation rate for those receiving athletic aid: 65%

Graduation rate for females: 69%

Graduation rate for males: 61%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 86%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2013-14 for those receiving athletic aid (entering class of 2008)

Number of students receiving athletic aid: 69

Overall six-year graduation rate for those receiving athletic aid: 77%

Graduation rate for females: 73%

Graduation rate for males: 82%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 75%

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates from 2012-13 for those receiving athletic aid (entering class of 2007)

Number of students receiving athletic aid: 65

Overall six-year graduation rate for those receiving athletic aid: 66%

Graduation rate for females: 64%

Graduation rate for males: 68%

Graduation rate for ethnic minorities: 44%

 

Official School Cohort Default Rate

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Rankings

top tier college

For 14 consecutive years, Bethel has been recognized as a top tier college by U.S. News Media Group. The 2018 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” ranked Bethel No. 38 on the list of “Best Regional Universities – Midwest.” The regional universities list includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, and who generally draw students from surrounding states.

 

 

Best Bang for the Buck Colleges

Bethel was ranked No. 2 of 364 colleges in the Midwest on the Washington Monthly "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" list, which rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

 

Exceeding Expectations

Christian Universities Online ranked Bethel number one on their 2016 list of "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations." The list ranked schools from across the United States in how well they enhanced their students' academic careers from acceptance through graduation.

 

College of Distinction

Bethel is one of ten Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2018 College of Distinction, and one of 72 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.