Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

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Undergrad Christian Life

Christian Life Profile

Pursue your passion. Discover your purpose.

Bethel University offers more than 100 areas of study and dozens of cocurricular options so students can take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities in their chosen fields. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students get the individualized guidance they need to thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

Known for academic excellence, Bethel University has an overarching mission of graduating individuals 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 its programs, challenging students to grow academically, socially, and spiritually in a distinctive Christian environment. The University has a strong academic program with supportive and expert faculty to prepare students for successful careers or graduate study.

Outside the classroom, Bethel offers exciting campus activities, valuable mentorship opportunities, excellent music performance groups, championship varsity and intramural sports, and a wide variety of student clubs and organizations. Bethel has adopted a “test-optional” admission policy, meaning prospective students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher aren’t required to submit ACT or SAT scores when they apply. If a student chooses not to submit  test scores, Bethel will use their GPA to gauge academic achievement and essay questions to determine whether that student is a good fit for Bethel’s faith-centered learning environment; both are important factors in selecting students who are likely to be successful at Bethel.

The application process is now more streamlined than ever since students can apply using the Common Application, which fills out the bulk of their information if they’re using the app to apply to universities across the country. And once students are accepted to Bethel, their education will be affordable. The University is dedicated to helping students make the most out of scholarships, grants, and loans—so college expenses don’t stand in the way of students earning their degrees. Bethel wants to prepare students for success after graduation. That includes making tuition costs manageable, especially since 99% of incoming students receive financial aid.


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Ranked #8 among the top 60 “Best Christian Colleges & Universities” for 2019–2020 by EDsmart


Ranked in the top 12% of the “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money magazine

Military Friendly

Designated as a Military Friendly® School for the 2021-2022 academic year

Faith at Bethel University

Enter into a genuine community that’s striving to discover what it means to live out Christ’s love in a complex world.

We know that striving to live more like Christ is a tough task. It engages our hearts, our minds, and our bodies. It challenges our assumptions and exposes us to complicated issues.

But we don't work at it alone. We work together as a community-pushing and encouraging each other along the way.

Meet our Christian Formation and Church Relations team and learn more about the opportunities we provide to help the Bethel University community work together towards life transformation.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I was talking to some bigger schools, and they were great. But Bethel—you can’t beat that culture, and the people are super nice. I love how it’s football mixed with a great community and a love for God.”

    • Luke Brandt ’24
  • “At Bethel, I’ve been especially encouraged by the female presence in both the Biology and Chemistry departments. There are so many strong female role models that have shown me the importance and value of women in STEM.”

    • Anna Swensen ’20
  • “Bottom line: students on campus want Jesus. They want more of Him. They want to experience what it looks like to live in true community with each other as we’re chasing after the Lord.”

    • Peyton Gallagher ’21