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BUILD Program

At Bethel University, diversity is about more than differences. It's about honoring the worth and dignity of all people.

The BUILD program provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities. You'll experience dynamic and encouraging instruction, career-oriented curriculum, specialized mentorship, and on-campus living - all within a supportive Christian environment. At Bethel University, students experience faith formation individually and in community with others.


The integrated 2-year postsecondary, residential program provides opportunities for inclusive academic, vocational, residential, spiritual, and social learning experiences. The program incorporates the skills and education necessary to live more independently, maintain meaningful employment, and value lifelong learning. Students in the BUILD program contribute their own diverse experiences and strengths to the Bethel community. Bethel community members learn and serve together.

After successfully completing the program’s requirements, you earn a Certificate of Applied Studies with a career pathway in Arts and Communication, Business, or Human Relations.

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Thank you for considering BUILD. We accept applications each fall prior to the academic year of your anticipated start date. Our application process is available each year from August 1 through December 1 (for the following academic year). Please contact us if you have questions.


All BUILD Academic Information is located in the BUILD Program catalog linked below.

BUILD Program catalog

Student Life

Life at college is more than going to class. Whether it be through experiences in resident halls or student life activities, personal growth, faith, and friendships help to shape us and prepare us for what comes next.

Calendar of Important Dates (pdf)


If you have been accepted into the BUILD Program, view scholarship opportunities and apply. 

*Most scholarships have application deadlines in winter or early spring.

Support BUILD

We believe strongly in the need for and potential of this program. Is your heart stirred by this special opportunity? Please consider a gift to BUILD.

Become a Student in BUILD