Bethel University Online

Founded in 1871 as a seminary, Bethel University is now a private Christian university in St. Paul, Minn. Bethel is ranked 19th in the “Best Colleges in Regional Universities (Midwest)” for 2012 list by the U.S. News & World Report. The school is also alive with political action. On February 4, 2012, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to a crowd of more than 1,600 students in Bethel’s Benson Great Hall.

Programs Offered

Bethel University offers more than 100 academic programs, which are divided between the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Adult and Professional Studies, Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. The areas of study offered at Bethel include biblical and theological studies, physics, computer science, business and economics, nursing, engineering, and many more. Bethel also offers semester, interim, and summer international and off-campus study programs, allowing students to study abroad from locations including New York, Belize, India, Uganda, England, Kenya, Egypt, and more. Each program is different, depending on the location. For example, the interim program in Ireland focuses on conflict, reconciliation, and the church, whereas the semester program in England focuses on English literature and drama in the British Isles.


Bethel University gained accreditation in 1959 from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the baccalaureate nursing program in 2001 and the graduate nursing program in 2004. The Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee accredited the baccalaureate teaching program in 2005.


Bethel University has a rolling application deadline. Undergraduate applicants must complete the application, submit a personal statement essay, a list of academic and spiritual references, high school and college transcripts, SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores, and a signed Covenant for Life Together commitment. These applicants must have an ACT score of at least 21, an SAT score of at least 920, or a PSAT score of at least 92, must have been ranked in the top half of their high school class, and have graduated from an accredited secondary school. Graduate applicants must submit an application, a list of references, an essay, and meet the other requirements that are specific to the program they are applying for. The best way to learn the requirements for each graduate program is to contact the Graduate School Office of Admissions.

Admissions Contacts

Bethel University
Office of Admissions
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
800-255-8706, ext. 6242

Graduate School Office of Admissions
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
800-255-8706, ext. 8000

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