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Bethel University

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

Bethel University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Bethel University, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications to Bethel University for the fall semester should hear back from Bethel University by May 15.

Bethel University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Bethel University's admissions stats.

Bethel University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 31%
Mean SAT Score 1231
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 57%
Waitlist No

Bethel University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bethel University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes May 1 May 15

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Bethel University does not offer early decision or early action.

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How To Get Into Bethel University

Getting into Bethel University is moderately difficult. Bethel University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Bethel University accepted 89% of all applicants, about 1,818 of the 2,050 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Bethel University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to nursing program is program very difficult.

Transferring to Bethel University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Bethel University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Bethel University

What does Bethel University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Volunteer Work Important
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Bethel University for more information on admission factors.

Bethel University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Bethel University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Bethel University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements rank in upper 50% of high school class
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing


What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bethel University?

Students admitted to Bethel University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 49% submitted a class rank. At Bethel University 31% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bethel University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9.47%
3.75 and 3.99 38.89%
3.50 and 3.74 20.16%
3.25 and 3.49 11.93%
3.00 and 3.24 10.71%
2.50 and 2.9 6.58%
2.00 and 2.49 2.26%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bethel University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Bethel University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Bethel University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 4% of Bethel University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 57% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Bethel University?

To be competitive with other Bethel University applicants, you should aim to score between 1123 and 1325 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bethel University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1325 and 25% of scored lower than 1123, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Bethel University student is 1231.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bethel University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bethel University students scored 673 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Bethel University?

To be most competitive at Bethel University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bethel University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bethel University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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More Information on Transferring to Bethel University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Bethel University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is September 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Bethel University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term


Bethel University Admissions FAQs


Can I defer my acceptance to Bethel University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Bethel University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Bethel University accept transfer credits?

✅ Bethel University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Bethel University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Bethel University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Bethel University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bethel University?

❌ No, Bethel University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Bethel University's acceptance rate?

✅ Bethel University has an acceptance rate of 89%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bethel University?

❌ Bethel University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Bethel University?

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Bethel University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

89%

How hard is it to get into Bethel University? Bethel University is a somewhat selective institution. The Bethel University acceptance rate is 89%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.6

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Bethel University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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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