Bethel College North Newton

Bethel College North Newton

Bethel College was founded in 1887 by the Kansas Conference of Mennonites and members of the Newton community. This private, liberal arts college sits on a 90-acre campus in North Newton, Kansas. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, and offers enrollment to students from more than 20 states, and over 10 foreign countries.

Bethel College confers bachelor's degrees in arts, science, social work, and nursing. Students can choose from more than 15 majors and over 15 minors. A number of certificate courses, specialized programs, study abroad opportunities, and pre-professional courses are also offered. Bethel College was placed in the list of "America's Best Colleges" by the 2009 edition of Forbes.com.

The athletics department of Bethel College fields teams in basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Threshers, the teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Over the years, the Threshers have won over 55 conference titles. Students also publish a newspaper called "The Collegian", and a blog known as "Beyond the Green".

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Contacting Bethel

Bethel College
300 E 27th St
North Newton , KS 67117-0531
General Phone: (316) 283-2500

Bethel Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine46registered nursing
Liberal Arts13Germanic languages and literature, Spanish language, English, peace and conflict resolution, history
Science12biology, neurobiology, natural sciences, chemistry, physics
Business and Management9business
Education and Teaching8elementary school teaching, physical education teaching
Media7mass communication
Family and Social Work7social work
Therapy and Counseling7psychology, counseling psychology
Fine Arts6fine arts
Religion and Philosophy3religion, youth ministry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3health and physical education, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science, system administration
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree12924
Award of less than 1 academic year05

Bethel Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethel had a total enrollment of 541 students (522 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 56%
Women 44%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 6%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 34%
20-21 31%
22-24 19%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)6%

Bethel Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %

Bethel Room and Board (2007)

Bethel offers campus housing for 450 of its 522 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

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

Bethel Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math440560
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2027

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bethel Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,900
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,900
Room and board $ 6,450
Room charge $ 3,450
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,000
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,850

Financial Aid:
Bethel participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 190500)

Bethel Faculty

Bethel has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1010

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year10$51,8797$51,940
Associate professoracademic year5$46,4113$47,368
Assistant professoracademic year5$37,8636$38,249
Instructoracademic year2*2*
All faculty totalacademic year22$45,68118$45,023

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

Bethel Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports343569

Bethel Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
System Administration/Administrator

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

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
History, General
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music, General

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Bethel Highlights

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What Sets Bethel Apart:

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