Bethel University

Bethel University

St. Paul, MN
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
62%
38%
student ratio
2,904
total students
Tuition Cost $37,140 | $37,140
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $28,736
Rolling
fall application deadline
83%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
24
act composite

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

3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112-6999
USA

Office of Admissions

Phone: 651-638-6242
Fax: 651-635-1490
Email: undergrad-admissions@bethel.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting and Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Biblical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Lay Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,812
    • Accepted1,513
    • Acceptance Rate83%
    • Enrolled2,904
    • Female Applicants1,152
    • Females Accepted969
    • Female Acceptance Rate84%
    • Male Applicants660
    • Males Accepted544
    • Male Acceptance Rate82%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      rank in upper 50% of high school class
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 24 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$37,140
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,140
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$160
    • Room and board *$10,520
    • Room only *$5,830
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$28,736
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$30,215
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$23,130
    • Average Loan Aid:$3,867
    • Average Grant Aid:$13,577
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$22,874
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 81%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 20%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,904
    • Male Student Percentage38%
    • Female Student Percentage62%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.61%
    • Black or African American4.39%
    • White or Caucasian76.16%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.4%
    • Asian3.42%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.18%
    • Two or more races3.82%
    • Unknown or International Student6.81%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students19% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 63%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Bethel Student Government, Bethel Business and Economics Association, Bethel Rec Sports, Welcome Week
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other video surveillance for residence halls, academic buildings, and parking lots

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes 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 Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty297
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 2,422 students to 220 faculty


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