Discover who you are and where you are supposed to be—on the field, in the classroom, on the stage, or in the chapel.
Quality academic programs Perhaps you’re passionate about English and psychology and don’t know which to pursue. At Bethel, you don’t have to choose. Our Individualized Major partners you with two advisors to design a major geared to your specific interests.
Even if you’re still determining your interests, develop an informed decision through our Undecided Major Program. Complete requirements while you explore majors with guidance from Career Services, a full-time professor, and our Coordinator for First-Year Success.
Change yourself—your world—for the better through Common Ground, Bethel’s core academic program, including courses such as:
• Convocation—exposes you to current issues through renowned speakers and performers
• Cross-cultural Learning—engages you with a significantly different culture overseas or downtown
• Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies—develops practical skills to actively seek understanding
• Integrating Faith and Life—explores the relationship between your personal beliefs and chosen career
Vibrant campus life
You’ll spend most of your college career outside the classroom, so it’s important you find a community where you feel welcome and respected—and can have some fun.
Hang out in Mojo’s coffee shop, toss a Frisbee on Thresher National disc golf course, head downtown for doughnuts, or celebrate campus traditions. Learn more about Bethel’s history of pranks at cowsinthelibrary.com.
Nearly 70% of students live on campus, so support from your teammate or classmate is just a knock on the door away. With more than 50 clubs and organizations, your opportunities to participate are limited only by your imagination.
Sure, employers and grad schools are interested in GPAs and work experience, but they also look at your outside activities for leadership traits.
“The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically. I feel like I have done things I would not have had the courage to do in high school.” — Sarah Unruh ’12
Bethel integrates faith and learning, challenging you to stretch your mind and heart—maybe over a pizza in the residence hall or while serving the community.
Wash windows or pave pathways. Plan chapel services or coordinate a hymn sing. Annually, classes are cancelled and the entire campus unites to participate in a variety of service projects. You’ll find many ways to give of yourself to serve others and strengthen your spiritual life.
Whether preparing for a forensics tournament, participating in a job interview, or playing against a Bethel rival, all you do will be enriched by a sense of Christian mission and purpose.
“The combination of community,
service, and academics are what stand out to me about Bethel College.”
— Cassidy McFadden ’12
Bethel provides you the space and support you need to grow as a person, build your faith, and have fun.
Distinguish yourself from other job or grad school candidates with real-world experience—stateside or abroad. Before you graduate, you’ll have the chance to “live what you learn” through an internship or research.
Here, preparing for the future means more than reading research, taking tests, and polishing presentations. Your academic achievements will coincide with personal discovery and development. Intellectual and spiritual growth converge to guide you toward a career, possibly grad school, and certainly a fulfilling life.
“I’m not exactly sure where my path in life will take me. But one thing is certain: Bethel has helped to prepare me for whatever may come.” — Ben Histand ’11
• Men’s and Women’s Basketball
• Men’s and Women’s Cross-country
• Men’s Football
• Men’s Golf
• Men’s and Women’s Soccer
• Women’s Softball
• Men’s and Women’s Tennis
• Men’s and Women’s Track & Field
• Women’s Volleyball
• Concert Choir
• Jazz Ensembles
• Men’s Ensemble
• Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
• Women’s Chorus
• Environmental Action Club
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Multicultural Student Union
• Students for Social Change
• Student Government Association
• The Collegian (student newspaper)
• The Thresher (yearbook)
Founded in 1887, Bethel College is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, though 60% of our students come from non-Mennonite backgrounds.
• Bethel’s 4-Year Graduation Guarantee can save you more than $20,000 versus attending a state school for five years.
• 98% of full-time students receive financial aid, with an annual average package of nearly $24,000.
• Service Learning Scholarships provide service to the community—and you with a renewable $3,000 grant.
• Bethel is ranked #4 in the nation—and top among Kansas colleges—of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges 2015–2016 as rated by Washington Monthly.
• Based on return on investment, Bethel ranks ahead of Wichita’s public university and is the only Kansas private college ranked on Forbes.com.
• Bethel is one of four private liberal arts institutions in the state to be recognized as part of the most recent President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Bethel graduates have gone on to become:
• A pro football CFO
• An international entrepreneur
• A Broadway star
• A NASA scientist
• A global women’s advocate
Bethel students have interned with:
• Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita
• Children’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri
• The Nature Conservancy, California
• Habitat for Humanity, Anchorage, Alaska
• National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, Boulder, Colorado
Bethel graduates have been admitted to graduate school at:
• Kent State University, social psychology
• University of Notre Dame, history
• University of Colorado, music
• University of Kansas, medicine
• University of Denver, international disaster psychology
Really . . .
• Bethel is one of only six institutions nationwide to send students to the American Forensic Association’s national tournament every year of its existence.
• Psychology majors are regularly chosen to present their posters in a highly competitive contest open to every college and university in the United States.
• All athletes participate in service through local activities or regional trips.
• Communication arts professor John McCabe-Juhnke received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at a university in Ukraine for 2014–2015.