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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