Bethel University Ranked on 2020 “Best Bang for the Buck” and “Top Master’s Universities” Lists

Erin Kinzel

For the fifth year in a row, Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel University on its annual list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges - Midwest.” Bethel is also one of two Indiana schools to appear in the top 100 in the nation on the guide’s “Top Master’s Universities” list. 

The Washington Monthly guide ranks individual schools based on how well they promote upward mobility, research and civic engagement. The editors state that the rankings seek to answer the question: “Which colleges deliver the best results for taxpayers – who invest more than $150 billion annually in student financial aid – and for typical students, especially those who are minorities, the first in their family to attend college, or of modest means?”

The exclusive list of schools is ranked according to how well institutions help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions. 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 2020 guide, visit   

Bethel was also recently named as a top tier university by U.S. News and World Report for the 17th year in a row, recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction, and listed on Money Magazine’s ranking for “Best College for Your Money 2020.”  

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