Bethel University requires at least 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Bethel University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Bethel University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 64% of students who start college at Bethel University complete all the credits required within six years.
Bethel University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Bethel University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Bethel University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Bethel University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Bethel University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Bethel University.
Student Designed Majors
Bethel University allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Bethel University does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at Bethel University
Bethel University offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Bethel University offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Bethel University has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Bethel University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Bethel University offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
❌ Bethel University does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
The main library on campus is the Otis and Elizabeth Bowen Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Bethel University offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with University of Notre Dame and Trine University
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Bethel University have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Bethel University has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Bethel University include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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