Bethel College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Mennonite Church located in North Newton Kansas. The college was founded in 1887 in Newton about 30 minutes north of Wichita, the largest city in the state. The college is located in the residential community of 1500 people and is surrounded by safe neighborhoods. The family environment at the college provides many activities for the youth to get involved in. The historic city has been renovated and rebuilt to support the newer commercial businesses. Bethel College is renowned for high quality programs in natural sciences and mathematics mostly; more recently also for nursing, teaching and social work. These progressive educators are always open-minded to more discussion and civil debate.
Bethel College has been the only private college to be named in Forbes.com listing of “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010; the college also has award winning forensics and debate teams. Bethel College has a storied history of providing influential speakers for the student to hear. One of the most famous orators was Martin Luther King in 1960. The 90 acre campus is halfway between Kansas City and Oklahoma. There are 476 students that attend the college and 77% of these students live on campus. The average class size is 20. The student to faulty ratio is 9 to 1 with 40 full-time and 20 part-time faculty members. The College offers degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
Some of the other speakers in Bethel College’s past include the daughter of President John F Kennedy and the grandson of civil disobedient Mahatma Gandhi. The college offers degrees in an array of fields; some of these are Art, Athletic Training, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical and Counseling Studies. Some other areas of study are Mathematical Sciences, Music, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience, Nursing, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, and Pre-Engineering. The college also offers teacher licensure in secondary education for 10 majors.
Living on Bethel College will give students many choices for activities to keep busy when not in class. There are nearly 50 options in clubs and organizations and more than a dozen options in intramural sports. The colors of the college are maroon and gray and there are 14 varsity sports to take part in. Bethel College belongs to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division II; the sports they play are football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s softball and men’s and women’s cross country. The college is affiliated with the Mennonite Church and Mennonites are the largest denomination at Bethel College; however more than half the students at the college are from backgrounds other than Mennonite.
Bethel College does not offer online programs at the time but the college experience at Bethel College is well worth the adjustment, depending on your goals. This close family environment fosters education and debate along with progressive thinking.