Bethany College & Rankings

Founded in 1840, Bethany College is the state's oldest private college. It is consistently rated as one of the best values in higher education by numerous national magazines.

The College has the following departments: Biology; Communication; Economics and Business; Education; First-Year Seminar; History and Political Science; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physical Education and Sports Studies; Physical Science; Psychology; Religious Studies and Philosophy; Social Work; Visual and Performing Arts.

Bethany College is accredited by or holds membership in: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; American Council on Education; Appalachian College Association; Association of American Colleges; College Entrance Examination Board; Council of Independent Colleges; Council on Social Work Education; Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); East Central Colleges; Eastern College Athletic Conference; InterAmerican Consortium; National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; The Higher Learning Commission; North Central Association; Presidents' Athletic Conference.


- The Princeton Review named Bethany as one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast. The nationally renowned education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region”.

- Ranked as one of the nation's top 175 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities, the No. 1 college in West Virginia and 68th in affordability in a comprehensive report released on the Forbes magazine website (America's Best Colleges 2009). It is ranked No. 164 out of 600 institutions listed in the rankings.

- Listed as one of the nation's top bargains in higher education in the tenth edition of "Barron's Best Buys in College Education", one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron's for offering the best combination of an outstanding education and an affordable price.

- Ranked 100th out of 569 institutions listed in the inaugural rankings (2008). Bethany College is the highest-ranked public or private college in the state of West Virginia and the Presidents Athletic Conference. It ranks third among all Appalachian College Association member institutions.