July 11, 2016 | 4 p.m.
By Suzanne McInroy, director of communications
Bethel University ranked 82 on Money magazine’s “100 Best Colleges for your Money” list, which was released July 11. This is the first time Bethel has made the top 100 and the university had the third most improved score over last year of all the colleges on the list. Read more about Bethel’s improvements in the article “10 Most Improved Colleges of 2016.”
According to the article, “Where Bethel stands out the most in Money’s analysis, though, is job meaning. Sixty-eight percent of graduates said their job made the world a better place, the 11th-highest job meaning score of all the colleges in our rankings.”
The ‘meaningful’ jobs metric was new to the ranking package this year. Vice President and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Deb Sullivan-Trainor credits Bethel’s high score in this category to the university’s emphasis on the seven core values, especially “world-changer,” and the work of the Office of Career Development and Calling. The career development team works with students to help find work that will be a good fit and reflect their God-given interests. “We talk to students about the importance of serving God through our work and that no matter what job they are doing, we want our students to think about how they are uniquely wired to serve God through it,” says Sullivan-Trainor.
Money’s third annual list ranked 705 U.S. colleges and universities on 24 factors, including graduation rates, affordability measures such as how much students and parents have to borrow, and how much recent graduates earn. View Money’s profile on Bethel and the entire rankings list.
The ranking only takes into account data from traditional undergraduate students. A few other Minnesota schools appeared on the top 100, including the Saint John's University in Collegeville (25), College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph (47), University of Minnesota Twin Cities (58), Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter (74), and Martin Luther College in New Ulm (95).