Bethel College: Narrative Description

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1001 West McKinley Ave.
Mishawaka, IN 46545-5591
Tel: (574)259-8511
Free: 800-422-4101
Admissions: (574)257-3319
Fax: (574)257-3326
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Missionary Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 70-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $59,870. Educational spending 2003-04: $5753 per student. Total enrollment: 1,847. Faculty: 143 (88 full-time, 55 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 679 applied, 88% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 76% from top half. 2 class presidents, 4 valedictorians, 30 student government officers. Full-time: 1,289 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 451 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 13 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 61% 25 or older, 49% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences; library science. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Northern Indiana Consortium for Education, Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/6. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $600. Comprehensive fee: $20,240 includes full-time tuition ($15,200), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($4880). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $270 per hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: 'Task Force' Mission Teams, Student Council, Center for Community Service, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: Community Service Day, Health Fair, Spiritual Emphasis Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 860 college housing spaces available; 855 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Otis and Elizabeth Bowen Library with 106,584 books, 4,298 microform titles, 450 serials, 3,926 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $477,656. 110 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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