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The Statement of Purpose is designed to give the Admissions office insight into your goals as well as your ability to express yourself through academic writing. Please note that this document is part of your admissions materials and should reflect your best writing ability.

Your statement should be saved as a double-spaced Word (.docx) or PDF (.pdf) file and uploaded to the upload section of your application at apply.bethel.edu once you submit your application.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate

The Statement of Purpose essay is used to determine your academic fit with Bethel's adult undergraduate programs. In 800-1,000 words, your essay should address at least three of the following questions:

  • Why are you pursuing this program at Bethel? How will this program help you achieve your career goals?
  • What steps are you taking to prepare yourself to begin this program (e.g., reading/researching, attending seminars?) What changes do you anticipate will be needed to adjust to being a student?
  • How have past personal and professional experiences positively influenced your potential to succeed in adult undergraduate education?
  • What relationship do you see between this area of study and your religious faith?
  • What do you believe qualifies you intellectually and academically for this program? What are your strengths and weaknesses?