Bethany College: Narrative Description

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Main St.
Bethany, WV 26032
Tel: (304)829-7000; 800-922-7611; Admissions: (304)829-7611; Fax: (304)829-7142; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1840. Setting: 1,600-acre rural campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $46.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4873 per student. Total enrollment: 900. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 957 applied, 73% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 17 class presidents, 13 valedictorians, 67 student government officers. Full-time: 882 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 18 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 20 other countries, 73% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 2% 25 or older, 88% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: communications/communication technologies; psychology; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at members of the East Central College Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, documentation of student involvement, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,835 includes full-time tuition ($12,760), mandatory fees ($775), and college room and board ($6300). College room only: $3200. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $455 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $387 per term.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 38 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 55% of eligible men and 50% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Board of Governors, Outdoor Club, Model United Nations, Public Relations Society, International Student Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Mardi Gras, Spring Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. T. W. Phillips Memorial Library with 130,696 books, 116,065 microform titles, 785 serials, 3,101 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $449,182. 136 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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