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Bethel University

St. Paul, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate89%
Acceptance Rate89%

About Bethel University

At Bethel University, you’ll quickly find that what sets us apart is our intentionality toward strong academics, mentoring, spiritual formation and our location. Bethel has over 50 areas of study and we are adding more every year. Our urban setting makes campus the perfect location for job shadowing, internships and countless opportunities for employment. Our knowledgeable faculty members are passionate teachers in their respective fields. At the core of all we do is our focus on your spiritual development. We are dedicated to building lives of commitment to leadership in the church and the world. Spiritual growth is nurtured at chapel and in small group gatherings where you can dive deeper into your walk with God.

Bethel University Overview

Bethel University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University was founded in 1871 and presently has around 3,945 students a year, including 2,587 undergrad students. Bethel University provides housing for up to 1,891 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 60% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by May 15.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Bethel University!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bethel University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Bethel University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Bethel University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Bethel University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bethel University on the Student Life page.

2022 Bethel University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 89%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 4%
Tuition $41,110
Percent of Need Met 88.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $34,405

Is Bethel University a Good School?


The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Bethel University offers and if the school could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Bethel University

It is moderately difficult to get into Bethel University. The acceptance rate at Bethel University is 89%. Last year, 2,050 students applied to Bethel University and 1,818 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bethel University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Bethel University, around 86% are still enrolled the next year. Around 74% of students who started at Bethel University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Bethel University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Recent Bethel University grads have an average starting salary of $45,000 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Bethel University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Bethel University's endowment was $65.5 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Bethel University spends about $8,801 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bethel University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Bethel University meets 88.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Bethel University full-time are awarded $34,405 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $33,551 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bethel University.

Based on this information, is Bethel University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Bethel University a good school for you?

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Where is Bethel University?

Bethel University is located in the suburban setting of St. Paul, Minnesota, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

If you would like to see Bethel University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to St. Paul, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bethel University and St. Paul are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN 55112-6999

Campus Setting: Suburban

Bethel University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Sep 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bethel University is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bethel University is Sep 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bethel University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above

Good

20 to 28

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bethel University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Bethel University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bethel University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1123 - 1325

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Math SAT Range

543 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

580 - 673

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1325 and Above

Good

1123 to 1325

Avg

1123 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bethel University students is 1231. Applicants with SAT scores of 1325 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bethel University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1123 to 1325 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1123 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bethel University.

Bethel University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$52,760

In State

$52,760

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$41,110
$41,110
Fees
$160
$160
Housing
$11,490
$11,490
Books
Unknown
Unknown

Student Life

Wondering what life at Bethel University is like? There are approximately 3,945 students enrolled at Bethel University, including 2,587 undergraduate students and 1,358 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from MN and 18% percent of students are from other states.

82%

Full Time

18%

Part Time

82%

In State

18%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,945

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

89%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$41,270

Out-of-State

$41,270

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

May 1
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