#5 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

Bethel University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Bethel University overview
Location Saint Paul, Minnesota
Online bethel.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Bethel University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bethel University, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a private evangelical Christian university established in 1871. Situated on a sprawling suburban campus, Bethel offers a tranquil environment with a distinctive blend of traditional and modern architectural styles, and provides on-campus housing options to support its student body. The university is positioned within the dynamic Twin Cities metropolitan area, providing students with access to urban amenities and professional opportunities. Bethel is recognized for its comprehensive academic programs with a strong emphasis on the integration of Christian faith and learning, featuring notable programs in business, education, and the health sciences. While the institution maintains a holistic admissions process with moderately selective criteria, it attracts a diverse pool of applicants. Bethel University does not notably prioritize athletics, focusing instead on its academic and faith-based programs.

In the most recent statistical year 2,199 prospective students applied, and 1,594 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 445 enrolled in the school.  2,337 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,209 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $41,110 plus fees of $160. Bethel University is ranked 238 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bethel University is rated within the top 32% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Bethel University overview
SAT 1123/1343
ACT 20/28
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

Bethel University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bethel University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$160
Room and Board $11,490
Budget for Other Expenses$2,810
Total One Year Cost$56,870

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

73% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bethel University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Health Professions 18%
Education 10%
Communication 8%
Psychology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173160 IPEDS survey data for Bethel University.

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