Location
Saint Paul, MN
Undergrads
2,688
Tuition
$30,700
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 508 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Bethel doesn't have a dedicated student center, but many students gather in the Brushaber Commons (aka the BC) in front of our campus coffee shop, Royal Grounds. There is hangout space in what's called The Loft, run by student government. The University and Seminary libraries are phenomenal- with the seminary on campus, undergraduate students have access to specialized religious and ministry-related materials that we wouldn't otherwise. There isn't a lot of open green space- Bethel has a courtyard near the academic buildings, but most of it is bricked and paved over, so it's tricky to find spots to throw footballs, play ultimate frisbee, etc. The athletic facilities are sub-par for non-athletes; because the facilities are so small, it's difficult for non-athletes to get access to them. A department of student government called 'Student Activities' is very active on campus, and there's always something to do on campus. Bethel is a very communal school- many activities are very well attended.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security presence at Bethel is very strong, but Bethel does not have a great history of acknowledging racial conflict on campus. In my first year alone, I witnessed two separate incidences of racist acts- at a private Christian liberal arts college, no less! Security is very visible, constantly patrolling. After hours, usually around 6pm, the two entrances become restricted-access; one is closed completely (East Entrance) and at the other, you must present a Bethel ID, have a parking pass or be called in by a student. Health services are very accessible on campus, and the nurses and nurse practitioner are very sweet and helpful. I've had very positive experiences with counseling services on campus as well, although the campus climate is not conducive to support for difficult circumstances at a deeper level. People don't talk to each other about their problems- a lot of people put on a mask of perfection, which can make it a difficult place to be when struggling with mental health issues. The biggest issue with security and safety at Bethel is, in my opinion, the emphasis on the Lifestyle Covenant, because it makes it difficult for sexual assault victims to come forward. I was sexually assaulted by someone I trusted while at Bethel, and I didn't feel comfortable reporting it because I did not trust that I wouldn't be slapped with a covenant violation reprimand for engaging in any sexual behavior.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: From the viewpoint of an athlete, the athletics at Bethel are pretty good. Our sports teams perform pretty well, consistently, but people don't come to Bethel to make a name for themselves as an athlete- athletes come to Bethel to be coached by expert staff and be a part of a special team community. Football is by the best-attended sport, especially as we were undefeated in 2013, and men's basketball is probably a distant second. School spirit at Bethel is very strong, since many students have a very strong allegiance to the school. The athletic facilities are alright for athletes, but non-athletes have a much harder time getting access to facilities to exercise and play sports because our facilities are limited. Bethel also lacks an outdoor track, which is a significant detriment to the university.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The community is fairly diverse, but many students do have similar backgrounds. A large percentage of the community it white, Christian, and has a fairly stable income necessary for affording education. The covenant is meant to ensure acceptance, discourage harassment, and encourage equal treatment. People LGBT are present, but are not often open. They are outnumbered, but they are still a part of the community, and are meant to be accepted.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several local restaurants. However, most of them are fast food restaurants. This makes them great for college students who are often tight on money, but it also makes it difficult to find a place for a healthier and more formal meal.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are several malls and local attractions and hangouts nearby for students. However, many are not within walking distance, making it difficult for students without cars. Some students have off campus jobs nearby, and many of the local businesses know that many college students hang around, and are often very kind and conversational.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is not really a party scene, per say. BSA does an excellent job of planning fun events for students to encourage a sense of community on and off campus, that does not involve alcohol and drugs, holding with the covenant that plays such a large role in this community.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship so far in my college career.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It was easy to get into my program, and I am confident that I will be well prepared for my field when I graduate. However, the number of courses, and the course requirements make it difficult for me to pursue a minor. My schedule is packed to stay on track.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is expensive, and competitive, but it is worth it. The community within the dorms is incredible. The dorms have average sized rooms, and several lounges. There are various dorm options, as well as living spaces off campus for upperclassmen and married couples. The dorms are in good shape, and are held responsible for the cleanliness and overall condition of the dorms.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I am not really on campus very much so I answered the best way that I can.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living on campus because of the convenience and the community.

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4 College Junior

Majors: It is not too hard. You just need to pass your tests and submit an application. The interview that you do is very good too to make sure you actually want to be a teacher.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I love the education program. The professors are very knowledgeable and I have learned a lot. It is also helpful that I have been able to have lots of practicums and be in the classroom a lot.

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College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life at Bethel University and cannot answer these questions.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I have learned a lot in my classes. I get a lot of time in the classroom with kids teaching, which is wonderful!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. The security is there to help when we need it.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Bethel has a lot of rules, especially for freshmen about visitation hours. I think students need more freedom on campus.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are not the number one thing that students at Bethel think about. However, there is a lot of support from other students that go to all of the Bethel games.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are not parties on campus that I know of. Students would need to go off campus in order to find a party.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The community on campus is wonderful. I have met people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life. Bethel promotes students to be open and vulnerable with each other. The professors are caring and truly want to get to know you. We pray before classes and they are willing to help you in anyway that they can.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There is not much diversity on campus. I think Bethel is trying to make a more diverse campus. There are a lot of the same type of people at Bethel.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Bethel's campus is a no drugs or alcohol campus. However, there are still students that drink and do drugs on campus. I think you need to look in order to find it though, there are not students openly doing these things.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options for food by Bethel. There is a wide variety around the campus. There are lots of fast food places, local places, and sit down restaurants.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Bethel is right outside of the Twin Cities. It is about a fifteen minute drive into the cities. There is a lot to in the cities including going out to eat, going to a sports game or shopping. It is fun to be so close to the city, but not live directly in the city. There is a lot to do around Bethel too. The Rosedale shopping center is within five minutes from campus and there are many different food options there too.

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