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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 earn an Applied Studies Certificate with a concentration 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