Bethel College Ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck – Midwest” List

Erin Kinzel

Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel College No. 2 of 364 colleges in the Midwest on its 2017 list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.” Bethel jumped four spots from the 2016 list and is the only Indiana college to make this year’s top 15.

The “Best Bang for the Buck” list rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

According to Washington Monthly 2017 College Guide Guest Editor Kevin Carey, “Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

These rankings are determined using a variety of data, including the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Ratings are based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The Washington Monthly College Guide is published annually in the fall, when many students are starting their college application process. To learn more about the 2017 guide, visit  

Washington Monthly also ranked Bethel's master's programs No. 44 of 632 national colleges and universities on its 2017 list of "Top Master's Universities."

Other recognition for Bethel College includes ranking No. 2 in the nation on Christian Universities Online 2017 list of “50 Best Value Christian Colleges & Universities,” and being named a “Best Value School” for three years in a row by University Research & Review. For more information about Bethel, visit