Bethel University – Saint Paul

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School Overview

Make Bethel University your home away from home. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Bethel is a four-year, private non-profit university. Bethel was founded as a seminary in 1871 and was called Baptist Union Theological Seminary. Since then it has gone through multiple transformations to become a four-year undergraduate and graduate university.

Bethel University has four schools – the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Adult and Professional Studies, Graduate School, and the Bethel Seminary. Within these schools, Bethel offers almost 90 programs of study at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level, including evangelical seminary programs.

Bethel focuses on whole-person growth, timely graduation, flexibility, and convenience. Their purpose is to create a Christian community where everyone from the faculty to the students, push each other to become better scholars, leaders, and servants within their communities.

Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.
Bethel University Mission

Bethel University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (651) 638-6400
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 3900 Bethel Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55112
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,692
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 76%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,485 (67% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $37,300
Out-of-state Tuition: $37,300
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $23,246

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Bethel University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Bethel University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2142
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 41333
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 423
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 121
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 4
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 12257113

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Bethel University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $37,300
Out-of-state $37,300
Books and supplies $1,240

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $11,700
Out-of-state $11,700

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 581 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 581 100% $23,246
Student loan aid 411 71% $8,558

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,562 89% $19,904
Federal student loans 1,826 64% $6,666

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Bethel University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Bethel University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,184 842 1,342
Percent admitted 100% 69% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 28% 25% 30%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Bethel University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 3,692
Undergraduate enrollment 2,856
Graduate enrollment 836

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Bethel University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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