Bethel Becomes University
A message from Randy Lehman '82, Chairman of the Board of Trustees:
Bethel's Mission Statement:
We are 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.
As we look to our 75th year, Bethel College is excited to transition to Bethel University, a name that better defines who we are now and where we’re going in the future. Simply stated, with bachelor’s, master’s and online programs, and an increasingly international student body, it’s the category in which we fit. Bethel is ready for a name that matches our advancing institution.
The word “college” has different significance on a national and international level. In the United States, “university” typically refers to a higher level of education than college, and in many countries, “college” is synonymous with “high school.” Today, Bethel alumni are living internationally in 64 nations worldwide, and about one in 12 Bethel students were born outside the United States, about one in 10 are exclusively online, and about one in 8 are enrolled in graduate programs.
As part of the Board of Trustees decision to change Bethel’s name, they made it clear that Bethel will remain steadfast in its commitment to provide a Christ-centered education that equips graduates to make a Kingdom impact in the church and the world. Bethel will continue to have a community atmosphere where relationships, mentoring and spiritual formation are at the core of the student experience.
As Bethel expects to expand graduate, online and, potentially, doctoral programs, the name change removes any barriers that future students (especially international and online) might encounter in understanding the depth and quality of Bethel’s academic programs. This new name positions Bethel for even more reach and international impact.