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The 25: Program Details

The 25 is a four-year cohort program of 25 career-focused female students with the goal of preparing for life after Bethel. Members of The 25 are given access to exclusive programming and experiences aimed at training up the next generation of female leaders. Each fall a new cohort made up of 25 incoming freshmen students kicks off. Over time, the program will have 100 students across four cohorts, allowing members the opportunity to network with each other. Members of The 25 will have the opportunity to develop deep relationships with the intent of being a sounding board for each other as they grapple with what it means to be a Christian woman in leadership today, including discussing the pressing issues of the day that are shaping our society. 

Program Objectives

It is our goal that all graduates of The 25 will be able to say: 

  • I know myself.
  • I lead in my industry.
  • I am making an impact on my community.


students in The 25 say their confidence had grown after finishing their first year in The 25


students say being in The 25 has positively impacted their Bethel experience

Other Program Goals

  • Hear from successful women to gain a window to the world of opportunity across various industries
  • Learn how to use your strengths, passions, and skills to “go beyond" what you may think possible for your life
  • Expand your horizons to think beyond your current worldview
  • Establish powerful connections with cohort members, alumnae, and community and industry leaders that will last a lifetime
  • Over the four years in the program The 25 will focus on:
    • Successfully navigating the college experience
    • Self-discovery
    • Career readiness
    • Leadership development
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Financial literacy
    • Being an engaged citizen
    • Faith integration
    • Preparing for life after college

Freshman Year Overview

  • Relationship building through weekly meetings, committee work groups, and fun activities
  • Self-discovery through MBTI (identifying personality), StrengthsFinder (identifying strengths), and Enneagram (identifying motivation) assessments
  • Hearing career stories of successful women from a variety of industries
  • Preparing for career readiness by learning about time management, goal setting, team dynamics, and more. 
  • Taking field trips to local businessess and organizations
  • Meeting one-on-one with a mentor
  • Participating in a committee to help shape and operate The 25
  • Each incoming freshman to The 25 is paired with a “Big Sister” from one of the upperclassmen cohorts. Big sisters walk alongside their little sisters from the beginning to make sure they are set up for success at Bethel and in The 25.


Students selected for The 25 are asked to fully invest in the program. Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Must be an incoming, first-year female undergraduate student 
  • Commit to participating in all four years of the program
  • Enroll in GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing together as a cohort (when possible)
  • Commit to attending all meetings and events of The 25 (approximately 1-2 hours/week)
  • Commit to meaningfully engage with a mentor (approximately 1-2 hours/month during select periods of the program) 
  • Commit to act as a positive role model to other students in the program
  • Commit to engage, offer thoughtful dialog, and display respect for all cohort members, mentors, and speakers taking part in those conversations
  • $200 program fee/semester (need based scholarships available)
  • New members of The 25 will arrive on campus one day early in the fall for orientation and a kick-off event for students and parents to meet the The 25 Program Director and the Founding Members of The 25.
  • Must maintain a 3.2 minimum GPA while in the program