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Bethel at a Glance

Bethel University is a top-ranked, evangelical Christian university based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Our Students

With a total enrollment of more than 4,700 students, Bethel is the largest institution in the 13-member Christian College Consortium and among the top 20% in the 180-member Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In recent years, our students have come from all 50 states and 10 countries, and have represented 21 Christian denominations. 

Our Campus

Bethel’s 247-acre lakeside campus in suburban Arden Hills, Minnesota, offers a natural and spacious setting only 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. The campus includes the notable Benson Great Hall venue as well as the modern Brushaber Commons student center, which houses a two-story dining center, a restaurant, coffee shop, expanded campus store, offices for student organizations, and a green roof.

Religious Affiliation

Bethel is sponsored by the churches of Converge, although we serve students from 21 Christian denominations.


As a comprehensive liberal arts university including a seminary, we offer more than 100 different undergraduate and advanced degree programs through four different schools.

College of Arts & Sciences

  • 106 majors and emphases of study and 41 minors in subjects as diverse and engaging as environmental studies, business, journalism, international relations, art, biochemistry/microbiology, athletic training, and engineering science
  • 11 pre-professional programs in medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, and more
  • Over 50% of our traditional undergrad students study abroad in more than 30 destinations

Graduate School

College of Adult & Professional Studies

Bethel Seminary

  • Graduate programs in dozens of theological, pastoral, and leadership concentrations
  • Online and face-to-face program delivery options giving students flexibility to work in their ministry context while earning their degree


The Bethel Royals field 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football Hockey
Golf Soccer
Hockey Softball
Soccer Tennis
Tennis Track and Field
Track and Field Volleyball

The Arts

Bethel's musical, theatre, and visual arts are highly respected among Christian colleges. Our music department fields 13 vocal and instrumental performance groups—jazz, choir, symphony orchestra, even handbells-in the expansive Benson Great Hall. Plus, students stage multiple plays annually in the hall or in the intimate Black Box Theatre.

We have two art galleries on campus which host exhibitions showcasing the work of nationally and internationally established artists as well as artists in our local communities.

Additionally, the Twin Cities' arts community provides opportunities to experience culture firsthand or engage professionally with the arts through internships.