Bethany University

Bethany University

Established in 1919, Bethany University was originally a training school known as Glad Tidings Bible Institute. It became a degree granting institution in 1955, and was named Bethany College of the Assemblies of God in 1990. In 2005, it was granted university status. This institute, which was the first to be founded by the Assemblies of God, is in Scotts Valley, California.

The university grants associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as certificates. Students can choose from over 15 majors and more than 20 minors that are offered through the following schools:

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Distributed Learning
  • School of Professional Studies
  • School of Theological Studies

The sports teams of Bethany University, which are known as the Bruins, are members of the California Pacific Conference, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The athletics department fields teams in basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, track, volleyball, and softball. The students also publish a newspaper called the "Dialog", and a yearbook known as the "Tidings".

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Contacting Bethany

Bethany University
800 Bethany Dr
Scotts Valley , CA 95066-2898
General Phone: (831) 438-3800

Bethany Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling36psychology, clinical psychology, substance abuse counseling
Education and Teaching28education, teacher ed, early childhood education, music teaching, social science teaching
Religion and Philosophy21bible studies, missionary studies, pre-ministerial studies, youth ministry
Liberal Arts20English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, diversity studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services
Business and Management11business management
Media9communication and journalism
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bethany in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree9319
Master's degree252
Postbaccalaureate certificate41
Associate's degree01
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years81

Bethany Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethany had a total enrollment of 537 students (462 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 7%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 7%
20-21 22%
22-24 25%
25-29 17%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 10%
50-64 7%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York2%

Bethany Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %

Bethany Room and Board (2007)

Bethany offers campus housing for 287 of its 462 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Scotts Valley, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bethany Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430510
SAT Math390510
ACT Verbal1821
ACT Math1620
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT67%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bethany Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,300
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,300
Room and board $ 7,126
Room charge $ 3,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,550
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Bethany participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 112100)

Bethany Faculty

Bethany has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$61,6381*
Associate professoracademic year3$51,0250*
Assistant professoracademic year3$33,9505$38,895
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year14$53,4317$42,623

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bethany Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Pacific Conference
Baseball California Pacific Conference
Track California Pacific Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports204060

Bethany Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Music Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Youth Ministry

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Bethany Apart:

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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