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3900 Bethel Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55112
p. 651-638-6400
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Bethel University

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A prominent Christian college, Bethel University was founded in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren as a seminary for Baptist immigrants from Sweden. The seminary merged with Bethel Academy to form Bethel Junior College and after multiple name changes, the school gained university status in 2004. The main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota and the university operates additional seminaries on both coasts.


Bethel offers more than 100 different undergraduate and advanced academic degree programs through four different schools. Students can choose majors and minors from the following areas of study: accounting and finance, media communication, mathematics, modern world languages, political science, chemistry, business, physics, reconciliation studies, and religious studies.

Students may select from a variety of pre-professional degrees and are encouraged to discuss their interest in a pre-professional degree with an academic advisor to create a program that best suits their interests. Some of the programs are Pre-Law, Pre-Chiropractic Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, and Pre-Podiatry.

The graduate school offers a variety of certificate programs for professionals looking to advance their careers. Many of the advanced certificate programs are based on education. These include autism spectrum disorders, international baccalaureate education, literacy education, nursing education, nursing leadership, and postsecondary teaching. Additional certificate programs are also offered through the College of Adult and Professional Studies.

Schools and Colleges

Academics are organized by graduate, undergraduate, post graduate and special programs through the following four units: College of Arts & Sciences; College of Adult & Professional Studies; Graduate School; and Bethel Seminary.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Each year, the university enrolls more than 6,000 students from over 45 states and more than 28 countries. Students seeking admission must submit their completed application form along with a personal statement (essay), an academic reference, and a spiritual reference. Applicants must also send all of their official transcripts and scores for any of the following tests: SAT, ACT, or PSAT. The institute also requires freshman students to sign a commitment to ‘A Covenant for Life Together’. Getting a transfer to the institute is fairly easy. Applicants must submit their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The institute offers financial aid through four different mediums: scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. Scholarships are like gifts and they do not require any repayment. Students may be eligible for federal, state, and private scholarships. Some of these scholarships are the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Minnesota Indian Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Institute of International Education, Blandin Foundation, Daniels Fund Scholarship, Scholarship America, and Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance.

Grants are another type of gift aid offered to students. Some of the private, state, and federal grants are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Minnesota State Grant, Minnesota GI Bill Program, Bethel Housing Grant, Bethel Grant, Bethel Opportunity Grant, Canadian Student Grant, International Student Grant, and Transfer Housing Grant.

The financial aid office also offers a variety of loan programs for its students. Some of the loans include Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Direct PLUS Loan (Parent Loan) and Private Loans. The university also provides financial aid opportunities through government programs intended exclusively for veterans and their dependents or those currently serving in the military. Eligible students may also opt for work-study programs that enable them to take on part-time jobs to help pay for college. More than 1,000 students are employed on campus to aid with their college expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 986th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Minnesota.


Student life is welcoming, active, and sometimes a little exhausting. The campus environment is perfect to nurture tomorrow’s leaders, fighters for justice, anime geeks, movie buffs, political activists, research biologists, and competitive athletes. The student-run clubs and organizations are sponsored by the Bethel Student Association (BSA). The on-campus clubs are divided into Academic & Honor Societies, Club Sports, and Special Interest Clubs. Some of the popular clubs are Nurses Christian Fellowship, Omicron Delta Kappa, Psychology Club, Tri-Beta (Biological Honor Society), Lambda Pi Eta, Hockey Club, Acting on Aids College Republicans, and International Justice Mission.

Media and Publications

The Clarion is a biweekly newspaper managed by the Bethel students.

The Coeval is a bi-annual fine arts journal publishing non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and other types of text, such as political persuasion, geometrical proofs, and business plans.

Campus Facilities

Residence Life offers housing options for the students who wish to live on campus. The residence life department aims to develop the overall personality and outlook of the students. It offers academic and spiritual development, small-group discipleship social and intercultural opportunities. Residence life presents a supportive, healthy, Christ-centered home for everyone. The residence halls are well-furnished and equipped with modern amenities including wireless internet access, TV lounges, study areas, private bathrooms, multiple kitchens, and game rooms. Students can choose from a variety of residence halls including Arden Village East, Bodien Hall, Fountain Terrace, Edgren Hall, Getsch Hall, Heritage Hall, Lissner Hall, Nelson Hall, and North Village.

The campus also features a well-equipped dining center that offers a variety of regional and international delicacies such as American hamburgers, Asian stir fry, deli sandwiches, Italian pastas, and home-style food. The dining centers include the two-story dining space overlooking the serene Lake Valentine, the 3900 Grill campus restaurant, and the Royal Grounds for late-night snacks.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department sponsors a variety of men’s and women’s teams participating in sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice, hockey, soccer, tennis, and track and field. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Royals. The Royals compete at the NCAA Division III level in more than 15 intercollegiate sports. The school is also a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

Intramural Sports

The university sponsors several intramural sports for the recreation and enjoyment of students, faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to compete at the club level for certain sports such as men’s rugby (club), men’s and women’s lacrosse (club), and men’s volleyball (club).


Prominent alumni include:

  • Harvey L. Wollman, former Governor of South Dakota
  • Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theatre
  • Cameron Anderson, founder of Foot Locker
  • Chris Larson, noted artist
  • Doug Ohlson, noted abstract artist


The university is a member of the Christian College Consortium and is affiliated with the congregations of the Baptist General Conference.

It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 13th in Minnesota and 312th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.16
Larceny 123 1.28
Vehicle theft 10 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Paul, MN 55112
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population45,035 (45,035 urban / N/A rural)
Households16,844 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$54,365
Families11,421 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationBaptist
Congressional District2704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 449th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,620 $31,620 $31,620
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $140 $140 $140
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,320 $1,320 $1,320
FT Graduate Tuition $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $500 $500 $500
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $44,300 $44,300 $44,300
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $44,590 $44,590 $44,590
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $36,990 $36,990 $36,990

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,510 $30,840 $29,510 $30,840 $29,510 $30,840
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,030 $1,050
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,530 $8,900
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,200 $2,210
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,530 $6,800
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,570 $4,750
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,750 $3,350

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,118 (744 male / 1,374 female)
Admitted 2,009 (701 male / 1,308 female)
Admission rate 95%
First-time Enrollment 612 (228 male / 384 female)
FT Enrollment 610 (226 male / 384 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,340

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

246th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

304th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,972
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$5,250
Board Fee$3,950

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1395th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,201 ($70,268 male / $63,306 female)
Number of FT Faculty 203 (112 male / 91 female)
Number of PT Faculty 455
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,908,881

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