Connection after connection, the people here—students, faculty, staff—become a community. Individuals connect their faith with learning. Science with scripture. Revelation with research. Competition with compassion. At Bethel College we are the ground for Spirited Connections.
Going to college is about much more than earning a degree. We want you to become completely connected: to understand, with depth and insight, the world and your place in it. It can be challenging, but Bethel offers the resources you need to succeed.
Engaged in mind and heart
A college of the arts and sciences, Bethel provides you with skills you will use throughout your lifetime: effective communication, resourceful problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking.
This solid preparation means that students enjoy success as they pursue their careers or graduate school. And with more than 50 areas of study, you are able to learn what you love and put it to use in the real world. \
Room to explore
Not sure what you want to study? Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Students who have not made a decision about their major and are eager to explore the wide range of options available to them can do so through Bethel’s unique exploratory studies program. The program offers time to exercise intellectual curiosity and define long-term academic and career goals. Students can start by taking “The Bethel Core,” 54 credit hours in liberal arts courses that are required for almost all majors.
The solid preparation built into a Bethel education means that our graduates in every program enjoy exceptional success. Consider these facts:
• Bethel graduates have been admitted to top-ranking graduate and professional schools, including those at Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Cornell University, and many others.
• Bethel has the highest percentage of alumni rated as “highly effective teachers” in the classroom of any other college in Indiana, according to a report by the Indiana Department of Education.
• Eighty-six percent of Bethel students who have applied to medical school have been accepted. This is nearly twice the national average of 45%.
• Sign language interpreting students achieved a 100% pass rate for the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written exam.
Real world, real service
Preparing servant leaders is central to Bethel’s mission, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn our campus is home to a variety of community-focused ministries and missions. You can act on your faith by tutoring children, building houses, feeding the hungry, cleaning parks and neighborhoods, or helping others in a variety of other ways. You can also take part in our annual work day, when classes are cancelled and Bethel students, faculty, and staff pitch in to serve the community.
If you have a heart for missions, you will want to join one of our many task force teams that have traveled to places such as South America, Europe, Russia, and Africa.
Kevin Brown ’15 is making a tangible impact in the world. He and fellow Bethel students Luke Klimek ’15 and Bri Pierce ’15 started the organization Bought At A Price after hearing startling information about the human trafficking of girls as young as five years old in Cambodia. Through T-shirt sales and concerts, Bought At A Price has worked to bring awareness to the plight of human trafficking and raise funds to help stop it. At one concert, they raised enough money to intercept 75 girls out of slavery through the organization Tiny Hands International.
You’re not limited to the four walls of the classroom. Bethel offers educational opportunities across the country and around the world, with programs in Australia, China, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.
Rich resources in close proximity
Mishawaka/South Bend, an active residential community in Northern Indiana, is an excellent location for your education. You will enjoy the safety and serenity of a suburban setting, but you can also find big-city advantages within easy reach. With more than 16,400 organizations in the region, you can pursue a great internship or job at a major business, health care facility, church, social service agency, or governmental office, all easily accessible from campus. Bethel students also have unlimited access to the Kroc Center, a multimillion-dollar community center featuring a cardio fitness and weight center, climbing wall, aquatics center, and recording studio.
The Bethel Pilots are perennial powerhouses, competing in the Crossroads League of the NAIA and in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The Pilots have won more than 30 national team championships since 1990.
• Baseball (m)
• Basketball (m/w)
• Cheerleading (m/w)
• Cross-country (m/w)
• Golf (m/w)
• Lacrosse (w)
• Rugby (m)
• Soccer (m/w)
• Softball (w)
• Tennis (m/w)
• Track & Field (m/w)
• Volleyball (w)
Areas of Study
• American Sign Language—Deaf Studies*
• American Sign Language—
• Applied Politics
• Biblical Languages*
• Biblical Studies
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Business Administration
• Business Management*
• Christian Ministries
• Computer Science*
• Criminal Justice
• Economics & Finance
- Early Childhood
- Health/Physical Education
- Social Studies
• Engineering & Management
• Engineering (3-2)—Math/Physics
• English & Writing
• Exercise Science
• Family Studies*
• Intercultural Studies
• International Health
• Liberal Studies
• Musical Theatre*
• Music/Church Music*
• Music Performance
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-veterinary Medicine
• Public Relations*
• Radio Broadcast*
• Sport Management
• Sport Studies
• STEM Business*
• Studio Art
• Theatre Arts
• Undecided/Exploratory Studies
• Youth Ministry & Adolescent Studies
* Associate degree, minor, or concentration
Bethel at a Glance
About Bethel: Bethel is an evangelical Christian college of the arts and sciences affiliated with the Missionary Church.
Students: 1,800 students; more than 25 denominational affiliations; 22% multicultural; 34 states and 11 countries are represented.
Faculty: More than 77% of the faculty hold Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field. They consider their primary role to be teachers and mentors to Bethel students.
Class size: The average class has 16 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 12:1.
Student organizations: More than 30 active student organizations provide ample opportunities to get involved.
Financial aid: More than 97% of students receive financial assistance. Merit awards of up to $16,000 are available for traditional undergraduate students. Awards are based on talent and ability through academics, art, athletics, music, and theatre.
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission