Bethel University: Narrative Description

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3900 Bethel Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55112-6999
Tel: (651)638-6400
Free: 800-255-8706
Admissions: (651)638-6371
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Baptist General Conference. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1871. Setting: 231-acre suburban campus with easy access to Twin Cities. Endowment: $16.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7259 per student. Total enrollment: 3,605. Faculty: 284 (173 full-time, 111 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,599 applied, 86% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 30 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,779 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 272 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 23 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 11% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 6% 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. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Christian College Consortium, Au Sable Institute, Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $28,100 includes full-time tuition ($21,190), mandatory fees ($110), and college room and board ($6800). College room only: $4020. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $810 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 37 open to all. Most popular organizations: United Cultures, Student Senate, Student Association, Habitat for Humanity, Tri Beta. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, Snow Week, Spring Banquet. 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. 1,880 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Bethel College Library plus 1 other with 194,000 books, 195,650 microform titles, 18,000 serials, 15,789 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 124 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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