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

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For the fourth 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 200 on the guide’s “Top Master’s Universities” list, which ranked Bethel No. 73 in the nation, higher than any other Indiana college or university.

The Washington Monthly guide rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research and public service. The editors state that the rankings “call attention to colleges that serve the best interests of the country as a whole – including by enrolling and graduating students 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 2019 guide, visit  

Bethel was also recently ranked by College Consensus as No. 29 in the nation on its list of “Best Christian Colleges & Universities,” was named as a 2019 College of Distinction, and recognized by Money Magazine as a “Best College for Your Money 2019.”

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