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Join an innovative college experience offering a comprehensive education for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through BUILD, you’ll receive career-focused instruction and specialized mentorship all within a supportive Christian environment.

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How to Apply

Submit your online application.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted until December 1, 2018.

Submit your Transcript/IEP/Evaluation Request Form (pdf) and supporting documents.

If you have the most recent IEP and Evaluation Report, these can be emailed to build-apply@bethel.edu. Transcripts must be submitted through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

Complete a Physical Form (pdf).

Through our partnership with the Special Olympics, we use the "Application for Participation in Special Olympics" to prepare students for signing up for SOFfit as part of their Health & Fitness Course. This also allows you to be ready to join our Unified Bowling Team and any other Special Olympic sports if you choose to do so.

Mail your completed form to the Office of Admissions. This information is also shared with Health Services to be sure we have a complete health history on file.

Program Requirements

BUILD is available to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who:

  • Are 18-25 years old when starting the program
  • Have completed high school with a diploma or equivalent
  • Complete a comprehensive application process including an independent assessment and interviews
  • Demonstrate interest and motivation in attending the program
  • Can function with support in a college setting
  • Can articulate and demonstrate faith in God
  • Are able to safely get around campus during class transitions, mealtimes, and other extracurricular activities
  • Have practical reading and math skills Have family support and desire to gain skills for employment and independent living

Admissions Deadlines

Fall Term

  • Application deadline - Completed application due by December 1
  • Admissions interviews (if selected) - January
  • Admissions decisions mailed - February 1

Spring Term

  • Due to the nature of the BUILD program, all students start in the fall.

To be considered for the program, all admissions materials must be received by the application deadline.

Why BUILD?

Innovative programming

Our 2-year BUILD program offers a unique college experience for not found at most universities.

On-campus living

Live on campus in a supportive, Christian environment.

Career-focused instruction

Build skills to live as independently as possible and maintain meaningful employment.

College credentials

Earn an Applied Studies Certificate with a your choice of concentration.

Ask Liz

Questions about admissions? Just ask Liz! She knows everything about the BUILD program and is here to support you every step of the way.

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It is the policy of Bethel not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, or disability.

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Financial Aid

Last year, Bethel gave out $30 million in financial aid to help students pursue their education. Learn more about the financial aid available to you.

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