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Start fresh and finish your college degree.

You’re coming to Bethel with college credits and hard-earned experience. We value the work you’ve done, and we’re here make the transfer process as smooth as possible.

Start Your Bethel Application

How to Apply

Complete your online application.

To help you prepare, here’s the essay prompt you’ll see in the application:

  • In 150-1,000 words each, describe: 1) your relationship with Jesus Christ, 2) why you want to attend Bethel University.

Also included in the online application is your affirmation to the Covenant for Life Together.

Submit your college transcripts.

Send official transcripts from all colleges you’ve attended to enrollment-data@bethel.edu. A high school transcript and test score may be required if you have less than one year of college experience.

Admissions Standards

  • Graduation from an accredited secondary school or equivalent
  • 2.80 cumulative college grade point average (or higher) is needed
  • Test score is optional, Bethel accepted the ACT, SAT, or CLT

Completed applications will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis. References and additional information may be requested in certain cases.

If there is reason to doubt the validity of the high school diploma or recognized equivalent, Bethel University will follow our procedures to verify completion of high school, recognized equivalent of a high school diploma or college coursework.

Transferring Credits

Degree and Transfer Credit Requirements

  • A grade of "C" or higher is required for courses to transfer.
  • Courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution to transfer.
  • Remedial courses are not transferable.
  • Courses that have a comparable course at Bethel will transfer in as that course, otherwise, they will transfer in as a department elective.
  • There is no limit to the number of courses students may transfer to Bethel.
  • At least half of your major courses must be completed at Bethel; at least 28 of the last 35 credits must be completed at Bethel; a minimum total of 30 credits must be completed at Bethel. 
  • Transferring in with a completed A.A. or MnTC will fulfill almost all general education requirements at Bethel.

Transfer Evaluation System

Use our transfer evaluation system to see how classes taken at another institution will transfer into Bethel.

See How My Credits Transfer

What's accepted for credit? 

AP credits - Advanced Placement scores of 3 or higher

PSEO/CIS credits - A letter grade of C or higher at another institution through Postsecondary Enrollment Options, College in the Schools, or other programs

IB credits - International Baccalaureate minimum scores of 50 or higher

Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) - Completing the MnTC satisfies many general education requirements

Associate of Arts degree  - An A.A. degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency satisfies many general education requirements

Other sources - Military Basic Training, ROTC, and Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Discipleship Training School experiences

Transfer Pathways

We've partnered with community colleges across the state of Minnesota to create pathways to ensure a seamless transfer into certain Bethel majors. 

View Transfer Pathway Guides

Transfer Credit Policy

View our transfer credit policy and general education entry standing levels to learn more about how your past experiences can count for credit.

Transfer Admission Gurantee

Transfer Admission Guarantee

If you complete your associate of arts (A.A.) degree and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), you’ll be guaranteed admission to Bethel University, as long as you meet all eligibility criteria. To receive guaranteed admission, you must:

  • Apply to Bethel
  • Meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.8
  • Ensure Bethel receives official transcripts from all of your previous post-secondary institutions
  • Have your A.A. degree and MnTC noted on your final official transcript

Contact our transfer admissions counselor to learn more!

Grace Koehn

Ask Grace

Questions about transferring to Bethel? Just ask Grace! She knows everything about the transfer process and is here to support you every step of the way.

Contact Grace

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