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Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD)

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

The Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (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.


The 2-year postsecondary, residential program focuses on academic, vocational, residential, and social learning experiences. We provide you with the skills and education necessary to live as independently as possible, maintain meaningful employment, and value lifelong learning. In return, students in our BUILD program bring diverse experiences, attribute unique skills to campus, and provide opportunities for service to our community.

After successfully completing the program’s requirements, you’ll earn an Applied Studies Certificate with a concentration in health or human services, business or Information Technology, education, ministry or arts.

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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 will be available each year from June 1 through December 1 (for the following academic year). Please contact us if you have questions.


At the core of the BUILD program is the belief that all students can learn. BUILD students are provided individualized support through appropriate accommodations. Faculty teaching in the program use a set of principles for curriculum development that provides all individuals with equal opportunities to learn, integrating faith into their instruction.

Student Life

Life at college is more than going to class. Whether it be through housing or 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. 

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