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Bethel began in 1871 as a seminary to train pastors. Today, Bethel University remains a private, Christian university, sponsored in part by the churches of Converge Worldwide, but open to all men and women willing to learn within an evangelical perspective and community. Bethel University (BU) is recognized as a top-ranked, evangelical Christian university based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.hlcommission.org; phone : (312)263-0456). In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, this guide is available to inform of consumer information. This Guide contains a brief description of important information about BU, financial assistance, graduation rates, athletic participation, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, study abroad, voter registration, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Specific information about programs and services is available within each schools’ academic catalog. Printed copies of the information may be requested from the specific University schools. This Guide is available online through the Office of Financial Aid or by requesting a paper copy from the address on the last page. You can view the Consumer Information Guide (pdf).