Bethel Offers Assistance to Displaced Saint Joseph’s College Students

Bethel College is offering assistance to displaced students from Saint Joseph’s College, who announced recently that it will suspend operations at the end of the current semester. Approximately 900 students are affected and have begun the process of searching for an institution where they can complete their academic career.

“We at Bethel are saddened to hear of the closing of this institution,” says Vice President Toni Steffensen Pauls, Ph.D. “We want to assist students and parents, who are now facing the challenge of finding another school, with as seamless of process as possible. Since Bethel is a small, faith-based institution which offers very personal attention, we think that many of the Saint Joseph’s students would find it a good fit for them in completing their education.”

For students interested in transferring to Bethel, the college will honor the current financial aid package each student received from Saint Joseph’s, including any athletic scholarships. (Excludes meal plan fees.) Additionally, Bethel financial aid staff will complete their regular review of students’ eligibility as a new traditional transfer student and will award whichever financial aid package is higher, either the Saint Joseph’s matched award package or the new Bethel College transfer award package.

Regarding transfer credits, the college is committed to working with students toward completing their degree within the same timeframe that it would have taken at Saint Joseph’s, including accommodations for Saint Joseph’s unique core curriculum.

Staff from the Bethel College Admission Office will be available to meet with students at Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 16., March 1 and March 14, and the college will host special visit days at Bethel for Saint Joseph’s students on March 10 and March 27.  For more information, visit or contact Admission Counselor Melissa Love at 800.422.4101.