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

Lissa Diaz

For the sixth 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 the second ranked Indiana school 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 community and national service. They look at four key social mobility outcomes: percent of Pell recipients, graduation rate, net price and number of Pell recipients earning a bachelor’s degree.

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).

For 2021, they replaced two measures of financial success due to changes in the college scorecard: share of students who earned at least 150% of the federal poverty line three years after graduation and student loan repayment rate (percentage of dollars borrowed still outstanding five years after leaving college).

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 2021 guide, visit

Bethel was also recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the 18th year in a row.  

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