Facts About Us
A copy of accreditation documents may be requested by contacting the President’s office at 574.807.7210. Read more about our accreditations (below).
Download our latest Catalog (and past versions) here or view some popular sections, below.
Bethel university Undergraduate Programs
Bethel University Adult and Graduate Programs
The number of credits earned under an approved consortium agreement is integrated into the student’s record upon completion of the course. Note: Courses must first be approved for transfer by the Bethel University Registrar’s Office. The Consortium Agreement is also subject to approval by both the home and host institution’s authorized financial aid staff. Failure to complete the course/s could negatively reflect in the SAP evaluation. Financial Aid staff from the home school will request information from the host school during the enrolled term to confirm continued enrollment and (at the end of the term) satisfactory academic progress. Failure to complete the course/s or completing a course/s in a manner that does not comply with the University’s transfer standards will result in financial aid suspension and future requests for a consortium agreement will not be considered. If a SAP appeal is approved, unearned hours under the consortium agreement will not be calculated when future progress reviews occur.
Differences in Disability Services Between High School and College
Documentation and Verification Guidelines for Medical Professionals
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
The Bethel University Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program extends far beyond minimum requirements for such programs. Since Bethel does not permit the use of alcohol or drugs on or off campus, abuse problems tend to be hidden. For this reason, the extensive program strives to reach five distinct outcomes:
- Training and information which may prevent some students, faculty and staff from abusing drugs and alcohol.
- Training for the campus community so that they will more readily identify current problems.
- An increase in the level of competency of intervention techniques in a manner that is caring and correct.
- Better referrals to appropriate agencies and follow up with needed support.
- A campus-based, user-friendly resource center housing specific, needed information.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Right to and procedures for inspecting and reviewing a student’s educational records
- Right to and procedures for requesting amendment of a student’s education records
- Right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records
- Right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education
- Right to obtain a copy of the student records policy
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students receiving financial aid must maintain good academic standing with the college in order to qualify for continued financial aid awards. Read the full policy (PDF).
Offices to Contact
You may also reference the Department of Education Campus Crime Statistics
In the case of written allegations or complaints from a student enrolled at the institution, a prospective student, the family of a student or prospective student, or a governmental official, the complaint must be addressed to the Office of the President. Upon receipt of such complaint, the president will begin investigation and determine if further action is warranted.
Return of Title IV Aid Policy and Procedures
Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. Read the full policy (PDF).
Services for students with disabilities are provided by the Center for Academic Success, located in the Academic Center. Services may include assistance with note taking, alternative testing, books on tape, or other accommodations deemed reasonable and necessary by qualified professionals. To receive these services, a student must provide documentation of his/her disability. The Center for Academic Success personnel also coordinate the peer tutoring program and Twenty First Century Scholars Program.
Tuition and Fees
See current costs for attending Bethel University as an undergraduate, adult and graduate student.
Approvals and authorizations:
Bethel University is authorized by the State of Indiana to operate as a postsecondary institution. Bethel University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Indiana NC-SARA institution.
Complaints regarding Bethel University can be filed through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. See submission process, limitations and guidelines.
The Higher Learning CommissionBethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 (800) 621-7440
Other Accreditations and Approval Bodies:
- Indiana Division of Professional Standards, 251 East Ohio Street, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2133
- Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 223-0077
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Indiana State Board of Nursing, 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, (317) 234-2043
- Public Laws 16, 346, 550 and 894, for training veterans and their survivors
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190
- National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Bethel is a member of or partners with:
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education
- AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (participating partner)
- Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
- Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
- Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI/ICIF)
- Indiana Commission of Higher Education (ICHE) (participating partner)
- Jerusalem University College
- National League for Nursing
- National Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (N-OADN)
- Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (NICE)
Equity in Athletics Report
Athletic Graduation Rates
2020 Trends in Online Student Demographics
A report by Best Colleges that looks at the characteristics of today's online students. Additional insights related to the motivation for enrolling and perspectives across the student journey are included.
Download here (pdf)
top tier college
For 16 consecutive years, Bethel* has been recognized as a top tier college by U.S. News Media Group. The 2019 edition of “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranked Bethel No. 30 on the list. The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality, including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.
Bethel was also ranked No. 16 on the list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching – Regional Universities Midwest.”
Best Bang for the Buck Colleges
Bethel* was ranked No. 36 in the Midwest on the Washington Monthly "2020 Best Bang for the Buck Colleges - Midwest" list, which rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
Christian Universities Online ranked Bethel* number one on their 2016 list of "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations." The list ranked schools from across the United States in how well they enhanced their students' academic careers from acceptance through graduation.
College of Distinction
Bethel* is one of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020-2021 College of Distinction, and one of 63 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Bethel* was been named to Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges in America” 2022 list. ranked by value. Money analyzed more than 600 four-year colleges and scored them based on 24 measures in three areas: quality, affordability and outcomes. Bethel is number eight of the Indiana colleges and universities who appeared on this year’s list.