First-Year Students

If you're applying to Bethel as a first-year student, here's what you need to know!

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Why Bethel?

You want more than a career – you want to make a meaningful contribution to your community. A Bethel education will equip you to lead a life of impact. You'll have experiences that will help ignite your passion and point you toward the next step in your journey. With options such as studying abroad, leadership development, mission trips and serving right here in the community, you will have opportunities to make an impact near and far.

Bethel is a place where strong academics and spiritual formation go hand in hand. With more than 50 areas of study and new programs added each year, no better place exists to explore your unique talents and discover your passion. Our academic programs and purpose-driven spiritual environment have launched the careers of CEOs, athletic stars, award-winning entrepreneurs, a leading pediatric surgeon, a Broadway performer, the top school superintendent for the state and many more. No matter what you set out to accomplish, we'll help you get there.

Admission Requirements

Applying to Bethel as a first-year student is easy! Take the following steps to complete your admission file:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Submit your official high school transcript directly to Bethel.
  3. If applicable: submit you official SAT or ACT scores directly to Bethel.
    • Scores are not required through 2022 if you have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or higher. Read more about our Test-Optional Admission Policy below.

Test-Optional Admission Policy

Bethel University has adopted a test-optional policy through 2022. We are not requiring SAT or ACT scores for first-year and transfer students who have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or higher. Some programs like nursing, education and athletics may still require test scores for admission. If you choose to submit test scores, we will consider it as part of our holistic review process. Connect with your admission counselor if you have any questions.



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