Bethel Recognized as a Top Tier College for 10th Consecutive Year

Bethel moved from 24th to 19th on the list of the Midwest’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. The regional list includes 99 colleges and universities.

Nationally there are nearly 370 schools in the Regional Colleges category and Bethel’s overall score placed them 48th — 12 spots ahead of last year’s ranking. That puts Bethel in the top 13 percent of all Baccalaureate Colleges.

“Our ranking in the top 13 percent of all Baccalaureate Colleges confirms what I already know about Bethel and why I am thrilled to be here,” says Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., who began his tenure as the college’s president on July 8. “We have strong academic programs, a passionate commitment to service and a long list of alumni who have achieved success in a variety of disciplines. This U.S. News recognition is just one of many indicators that we have reason to be confident about the future of Bethel College.”

The 2014 America’s Best Colleges package provides a list of accredited four-year schools and how they compare on a predetermined set of indicators, such as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. Bethel ranks eighth in the region for freshman to sophomore retention and 12th in the region for graduation rate.

The rankings are available at They will also be published in the “Best Colleges 2014” guidebook, available on newsstands Sept. 24.

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 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 10 countries and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. 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. Connect with Bethel online at, or via Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (