2,904
Students
Financial aid thermometer
28,736
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
83
83%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
Suburban
Setting
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Overview

The Community of Bethel University

Since 1871, Bethel University has been a leader and model in Christian higher education. For generations, the university's top-ranked academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities have prepared women and men for their unique callings. Students come alive in cutting-edge labs, creative spaces, and technology-equipped, interactive classrooms. They’re uniquely challenged and encouraged by a community of people who have a shared goal of serving Christ and leading with excellence.

With more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, Bethel University is one of the most comprehensive Christian universities in the nation, drawing students from dozens of denominations and infusing Christ-centered values into every experience. Its main campus, in the heart of the Twin Cities metro, gives students quick access to Minneapolis and St. Paul and many internships, churches, ministry organizations, and arts and entertainment venues.

At Bethel, courses are rigorous and relevant, but learning only begins in the classroom. Through Bethel’s R.E.A.L. Experience, students intentionally select and showcase the coursework, co-curricular involvement, and service-learning experiences that set them apart with specific skills for the job market. And about 75 percent of Bethel undergraduate students study abroad, paying no more than regular tuition, room, and board.

Bethel students have a lot of fun on campus, too, whether they're participating in any of the school’s 18 men's and women's varsity sports; perusing two on-campus art galleries; performing in a choir, band, or orchestra; advocating for a cause; attending a Chapel or Vespers service; or playing disc golf by the lake. Beautiful dining options and community spaces—like Brushaber Commons, The Loft, and patios with fire pits—are thoughtfully designed with students in mind. A new Wellness Center and miles of trails on the 200-plus-acre campus provide ample opportunities to stay active and enjoy Minnesota’s seasons.

Bethel values academics and faith, and professors model what it means to do excellent research through the lens of faith. They partner with students on research papers and projects that give students significant, real-life experience and immediate connections to their industries. With Bethel’s small class sizes, strong student-faculty mentoring relationships are the norm, and learning opportunities are tailored to each student’s interests and career goals.

At Bethel University, students become part of a community of people who genuinely care about each other and want to help each other succeed. During their time at the university, students become personally transformed so they can transform the world.

Location & Contact

Address 3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN  55112
United States
Contact Office of Admissions
Email: undergrad-admissions@bethel.edu
Phone: 651-638-6242
Fax: 651-635-1490

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies Related Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English As A Second/foreign Language (teaching) Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Spanish Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Kinesiology And Exercise Science Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Economics Checkmark
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
Biblical Studies Checkmark
Lay Ministry Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Graphic Design Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,812
Applied
1,513
Accepted
2,904
Enrolled
83%
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Female Admissions

1,152
Females Applied
969
Females Accepted
84%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

660
Males Applied
544
Males Accepted
82%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

0
Application Fee
3.5
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs 2 recommendations
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Interview
Other requirements: Rank in upper 50% of high school class

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 24 21 27

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

37,140
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Fees

160
Full-time student fees
10,520
Room & board
5,830
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

28,736
Avg. Financial Aid Package
30,215
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
23,130
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
3,867
Avg. Loan Aid
13,577
Avg. Grant Aid
22,874
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
81%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
20%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,904
Total undergrad students
0%
International Students
19%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 4.61%
Black or African American 4.39%
White or Caucasian 76.16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 3.42%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.18%
Two or more races 3.82%
Other 6.81%

Gender

Male (37.98%)
Female (62.02%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 63%

Student Activities

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Drama/theatre group Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
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Campus events:
Christmas Formal and Dance, Homecoming Week Events and Airband Competition (annual lip sync competition)

Student Services

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Women's center Checkmark
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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Bethel Student Government, Bethel Business and Economics Association, Bethel Rec Sports and Welcome Week

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
video surveillance for residence halls, academic buildings, and parking lots

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Rugby No No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No

Faculty

297
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 181
Part-time - 116
Male - 146
Female - 151
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