Bethel College Ranks 16 in U.S. News Media Group's America's Best Colleges

Bethel earned the 16th spot among the Midwest’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. That’s up four spots from last year’s rank and the highest ranking Bethel has ever received from the media group. In the Midwest category there are 94 schools. Nationally there are 319 schools in this category and overall Bethel came in at 40 putting it in the top 12 percent of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges.

The 2011 America’s Best Colleges package provides a list of more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 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 (National Universities and Liberal Art Colleges).

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at They will also be published in the September issue of the “U.S. News & World Report” magazine today.

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.