Bethel College Mishawaka

Bethel College Mishawaka

Established by a Mennonite group in 1947, Bethel College is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution. The campus occupies 75 acres of land in South Bend (Mishawaka), Indiana. Bethel College's recent enrollments have been more than 2,000 students every year.

Bethel College offers a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study through the following academic divisions:

  • School of Adult Studies
  • School of Arts And Sciences
  • School of Business and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Religion & Philosophy

The athletics department of Bethel College fields men's and women's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, softball, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Pilots, the teams compete in the Mid-Central Conference of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

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Contacting Bethel

Bethel College
1001 W McKinley Ave
Mishawaka , IN 46545
General Phone: (574) 259-8511

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Bethel Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management153business, business management, accounting, business communications, managerial economics, human resources, human resources management, international business
Nursing and Emergency Medicine101registered nursing, nursing science
Liberal Arts58Spanish language, sign language translation, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, social services, international relations, sociology, history ...
Religion and Philosophy55philosophy, religion, bible studies, missionary studies, religious music, theology, youth ministry, theology and religious vocations
Education and Teaching47educational administration, elementary school teaching, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching ...
Science11biology, environmental biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9sports and fitness management, exercise science
Therapy and Counseling9psychology, counseling psychology
Media6communication studies, journalism
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science, information science, computer science
Fine Arts1fine arts
Security and Law Enforcement1criminal justice and safety, juvenile corrections
Family and Social Work1human services
Office and Administration0office management
Photography and Commercial Art0drawing

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34849
Associate's degree8612
Master's degree355

Bethel Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethel had a total enrollment of 2,097 students (1,688 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 12%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 24%
22-24 11%
25-29 10%
30-34 8%
35-39 8%
40-49 11%
50-64 7%
65+ 0%

Bethel Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %
Part-Time 42 %

Bethel Room and Board (2007)

Bethel offers campus housing for 881 of its 1,688 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Bethel Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,596
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,596
Room and board $ 5,920
Room charge $ 2,970
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,950
Books and supplies $ 1,560
Other expenses $ 600

Financial Aid:
Bethel participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 178700)

Bethel Faculty

Bethel 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 year5$62,1703$60,533
Associate professoracademic year18$52,3438$50,431
Assistant professoracademic year20$45,85117$46,262
Instructoracademic year10$46,39310$39,658
All faculty totalacademic year53$49,69838$46,529

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

Bethel Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Mid-Central College Conference
Baseball Mid-Central College Conference
Track Mid-Central College Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports62026

Bethel Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

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

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Juvenile Corrections

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Bethel Highlights

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What Sets Bethel Apart:

% of degrees in religion and philosophy
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% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Number of degree programs
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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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% of degrees in business and management
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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% of degrees in music
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% students 40 years or older
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