Bethel Ranks 17th As Midwest's Best Baccalaureate College

Bethel College is ranked 17th as one of the Midwest’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges. Bethel jumped seven spots from the 2008 ranking.

Institutions in the Midwest Best Baccalaureate Colleges category focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs. Those are: liberal arts, which account for the fewer than half of the bachelor’s degrees, and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education. The 319 colleges in this category are ranked in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Statistics also show Bethel College as placing second behind the top ranked school with the highest average freshman retention rates in the Midwest category at 86 percent. In addition 56 percent of Bethel’s freshmen are formerly in the top 25th percentile of their high school graduating classes.

Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase now.

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