Bethel CollegeLogo Bethel CollegeLogo

Undergrad Profile


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

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 30 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.

When you walk across that stage, you will be one step ahead of other graduates pursuing their goals.
— Aaron Topham ’14





• Athletic Band
• Men’s and Women’s Basketball
• Cheerleading and Dance
• 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 

Fine arts

• Art 
• Concert Choir 
• Forensics
• Jazz Ensembles 
• Men’s Ensemble
• Orchestra and Wind Ensemble 
• Theater   
• Women’s Chorus 


• Environmental Action Club 
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Intramurals 
• Multicultural Student Union 
• Students for Social Change 
• Student Government Association 
The Collegian (student newspaper)
• The Thresher (yearbook)


• 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.