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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. 

Goals and Objectives

  • 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

Year One Overview

The first cohort of “The 25” kicked off fall 2021. Students selected for the program have had the opportunity to participate in activities including, but not limited to:

  • 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 woman-owned and operated businesses 
  • Meeting one-on-one with a mentor
  • Participating in a committee to help shape and operate The 25
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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

Key Dates - Class of 2026 (Fall 2022 start)

Early Decision Process (any students not selected during the early decision process will be rolled forward to the standard process for consideration). All students applying during the Early Decision Process are guaranteed an interview.

  • March 14-April 6, 2022 | Early Decision Interviews 
  • March 25, 2022 | Early Decision Application Deadline
  • April 1, 2022 | Early Decision References Due
  • April 8, 2022 | Early Decision Offers Extended
  • April 15, 2022 | Early Decision Commitments Due

Standard Application Process (all applications received after March 25)

  • April 8 - May 4, 2022 | Rolling Interviews for Top Applicants
  • May 1, 2022 | Application Deadline
  • May 4, 2022 | References Due
  • May 6, 2022 | Offers Extended 
  • May 13, 2022 | Student Commitments Due

Waitlist Application Process (all applications received after May 1, 2022)

We know students' plans may change. A small number of individuals will be considered for a spot on the waitlist. To apply for a spot on the waitlist please complete the full application process. If a spot becomes available in the fall 2022 cohort it will be offered to an individual on the waitlist.

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Contact Us

Have questions about The 25? Don't hesitate to reach out. Get in touch by emailing the-25@bethel.edu.