Bethel University

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

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: 3,052 (including 433 in evening, weekend or online programs)
  • Graduate: 1,184

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 85% White, 6% Black, 4% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% 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: 62

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


Degrees offered

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

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5 largest majors

Business, Nursing, Education, Communication Studies, Biology


194 full time, 215 part time; 79% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field. Nontraditional program faculty include practitioners and fulltime faculty.

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

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

Pre-professional programs

Pre-law, pre-medical, health professional (nursing, pre-chiropractic medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-osteopathic medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician’s assistant, pre-podiatry), pre-ministerial

Teaching licensure programs

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

Satellite campuses

Red Fox Site (Arden Hills), Normandale Place Site (Bloomington), with cohorts 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, New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), 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. See for 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

Up to 8 courses in advanced placement 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 2.5 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: $490-$645 per credit, depending on program

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

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Student involvement

Student organizations

Bethel recognizes approximately 50 student groups, including academic groups, forensics team, performing arts organizations, radio station, student government, newspaper, international student groups, literary magazine, special interest groups, social services groups, and 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, cross-country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball


Basketball, broomball, dodge ball, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, softball, volleyball. Recreational: aerobics, self-defense.

Club sports

Men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s rugby, men's volleyball

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

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