Bethel University

Bethel physics students
Bethel students working in chemistry labs (Photo: Scott Streble)
Bethel art students
Bethel innovative classroom design (Photo: Scott Streble)
Bethel  student eating in Monson Dining Center (Photo: Scott Streble)
Bethel Royals football action (Photo: Rich Ryan)
Bethel students at campus coffee shop (Photo: Scott Streble)
Bethel  students build an igloo on Lake Valentine (Photo: Nathan Klok)
Bethel students performing at annual Festival of Christmas (Photo: Nathan Klok)
Bethel Festival of Christmas
Bethel  students lead worship at weekly Vespers (Photo: Nathan Klok)
Bethel buildings and Lake Valentine at night (Photo: Dean Rigget)
Benson Great Hall
Brushaber Commons
Bethel campus

Bethel University
Office of Admissions
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

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phone: 651.638.6242
toll-free: 800.255.8706
fax: 651.635.1490
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Programs and Degrees Offered



Known for its academic excellence, Bethel University has an overarching mission of graduating men and women whose academic preparation, spiritual maturity, and broad Christian vision give them exceptional potential for leadership and service. Bethel seeks to integrate faith and learning in all of its programs, challenging students to grow academically, socially, and spiritually in a distinctive Christian environment. Bethel has a strong academic program with supportive and expert faculty to prepare students for a successful career or graduate study. Outside the classroom, Bethel offers exciting campus activities, excellent music performance groups, championship varsity and intramural sports, and a wide variety of student clubs and organizations.

Bethel University at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 2,619
  • Adult degree completion program: 763
  • Graduate: 2,520

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 89% White, 2% Black, 3% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 0% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are <1% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 22
  • Number undergraduate majors: 67

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 22 and 28; 96% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: Less than 10% of first-year students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.5
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 79%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 95%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $34,140
  • Room and board: $9,770
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 99%

Religious affiliation

  • Evangelical Christian


Undergraduate degrees offered

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.Mus.Ed.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

View a list of all majors and degrees or visit Bethel's detailed program undergraduate information.

5 largest undergraduate majors:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Communication Studies
  • Biology

Graduate programs offered

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

View a list of all programs and degrees or visit Bethel's detailed graduate program information.


211 full time, 293 part time; 78% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field. Nontraditional program faculty include practitioners and full-time faculty.

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

  • American Chemical Society
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Minnesota Board of Nursing
  • Minnesota Board of Teaching
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • The Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)

Pre-professional programs

  • Health professional (nursing, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry)
  • Law
  • Medical
  • Ministerial

Teaching licensure programs

  • Academic Behavior Strategist (graduate)
  • Director of Special Education (graduate)
  • Early Childhood Education Licensure
  • Elementary School Licensure
  • 5-12 Licensure in communication arts and literature (English), health, mathematics, science (chemistry, life science, or physics), social studies
  • K-12 Licensure in instrumental music, vocal music, physical education, visual arts, world languages and cultures (Spanish)
  • K-12 Principal (graduate)
  • Post baccalaureate Licensure
  • Special Education Licensure (graduate)
  • Superintendent (graduate)
  • Teaching English as a second language (TESL)
  • Teachers of Reading Licensure K-12 (graduate)

Satellite campuses

  • Anderson Center (Arden Hills)
  • Normandale Place Site (Bloomington)
  • Cohorts also held in other locations

Honors program


Study abroad programs

Hundreds of off-campus study opportunities are available through the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies. Students may study off campus for a semester, interim, or summer. Programs and courses vary from major-specific studies to general cultural surveys. Bethel-sponsored semester programs include the following: Australia Term, England Term, Europe Term, Guatemala Term, Spain Term and South Africa Term. In addition, recent Bethel offerings for interim included Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Egypt/Jordan, Europe (multiple sites), Greece/Turkey, Guatemala/El Salvador, Hong Kong/China, India, Thailand, Mexico (Guadalajara), Uganda, and Hawaii. Other Bethel-affiliated programs include studies programs in Latin America, Oxford, Australia, China, Middle East, Russia, Uganda, Lithuania, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and many domestic opportunities. View a complete list of off-campus and international study options.

Internships/career services

Academic credit can be earned through some departments for off-campus academic internships. The Office of Career Development and Calling offers career planning and placement services including resume and cover letter assistance, vocational assessments, job search advice, practice interviews, career fairs/workshops, and online career resources.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT (traditional only)

Application deadlines: Rolling, priority date Nov. 1 (traditional only)

Application fee (amount): None except M.S. Physician Assistant

Advanced placement credit

A maximum of 30 credits in advanced placement can be applied toward a degree program and  can be obtained through appropriate scores on a CEEB Advanced Placement examination, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test, departmental placement exam or other departmental evaluation (nontraditional program has different policies).

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

28 of the last 35 credits of the 122 required for a degree and at least half of the courses required for the concentration must be taken in Bethel programs. A 2.0 GPA is required.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Rolling admissions. Applications must include essay and contact information for references, high school transcripts (for some applicants), ACT or SAT results (for some applicants) and official transcripts from all colleges attended (different requirements for the nontraditional adult program).


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $34,140

Room and board: $9,770

Graduate tuition and fees: $400-$770 per credit, depending on program

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99% (traditional only)

Financial aid information
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Student involvement

Student organizations

Bethel recognizes over 50 student groups, including:

  • Academic groups
  • Forensics team
  • Performing arts organizations
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • International student groups
  • Special interest groups
  • Social services groups
  • Student film society

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Vross-country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball


  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby

Club sports

  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Volleyball (men's)

Fine arts offerings

  • Four theatre productions per year
  • Bethel Choir
  • Women's Chorale
  • Male Chorus
  • University Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Jazz Orchestras
  • Three art galleries
  • Newspaper
  • Literary magazine

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