Bethel College (Kansas) Profile

Founded in 1887, Bethel College is a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college located on the edge of the Flint Hills and the vast wheat fields of south central Kansas in the town of North Newton. It is the oldest Mennonite college in North America.

The College offers a broad range of majors including Art, Athletic Training, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Elementary Education, English, and others.

Bethel College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree is professionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Initially accredited in 1974, Bethel's social work program was one of the first accredited baccalaureate programs in Kansas.

Bethel College is affiliated with Colleges of Distinction, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and Mennonite Church USA.

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 137th among Tier 1 National Liberal Arts Colleges (USNWR 2011).

- It is the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009.

- It is one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10.

- It is one of only eight Kansas colleges, and one of only three private liberal arts institutions in the state, to be recognized as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has recognized Bethel College for the high number of its science majors who go on to earn M.D. degrees and/or Ph.D. degrees in the sciences (1996, 2003 and 2007).

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