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BUILD Program

BUILD student is welcomed to Bethel

At Bethel, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore their passions, discover their purpose, and fulfill their God-given potential.

The BUILD program provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for students 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. 

Create the future you want.

When you graduate from the BUILD program, you'll leave campus with:

  • A Certificate of Applied Studies with a career pathway in arts and communication, business, or human relations
  • Increased independence and self-determination skills
  • Internship experience that prepares you for future employment
  • Better social skills and confidence after having an integrated campus experience
  • A foundation for lifelong learning


You'll receive a two-year certificate upon successful completion of required core courses, internships, and electives. 

Student Life

Life at college is more than going to class. Whether it's through residence life or student activities, you'll experience personal growth in your faith and friendships as you prepare for what comes next.

Costs & Financial Aid

Between scholarships, state grants, and vocational rehabilitation benefits, you have options when it comes to paying for school—and our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Schedule a Visit

Take a tour, check out the Dining Center, attend Chapel, or join us for an event on campus. The best way to decide if Bethel is the right fit for you is to experience our community for yourself.

Apply Now

At Bethel, you’ll receive career-focused instruction and specialized mentorship in a supportive, encouraging community. Applying only takes a few minutes, and there’s no application fee.

Recent News

Nathan Wong BUILD’22 Lives His Dream at Bethel

Over six years ago, Nathan Wong BUILD’22 already knew his dream college: Bethel University. Now on campus, Wong is thriving, participating in numerous campus activities and impressing many with his biblical knowledge and faith.

February 04, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

Sibling Team to Launch RecruitABLE, a Job Platform for People with Disabilities

Ben Hernes ’21 and Anna Substad ’19, brother and sister, were awarded $5,000 in grant money to develop their job platform, RecruitABLE, specifically designed to help individuals with disabilities showcase their unique skillsets to employers.

August 10, 2020 | 11 a.m.

Fulbright Winner Teaches Inclusion to Students Here and Abroad

Associate professor of education Katie Bonawitz has been selected as the winner of a Fulbright grant and will teach at Tomsk State University, Russia, on the topic of inclusive comprehensive education for students with disabilities.

June 16, 2020 | 11 a.m.

BUILDing Support for Students

Brady Tongen ’20 and 130 other Bethel students support the BUILD program as mentors, walking alongside students in every aspect of their college experience.

August 28, 2019 | 8:45 a.m.

Tyler Sarff BUILD’19 Makes the Unified Soccer Team for Minnesota United FC

On May 20, he took to the pitch at Allianz Field and signed on as one of the newest Loons, part of a team that brings together athletes with and without disabilities.

June 13, 2019 | Noon

Upcoming Events

AUG 12 2021

Virtual BUILD Information Session

6 p.m. Online via Zoom

Come learn more about the BUILD program and why it might be a good next step for you, your child, your friend, or your student!