John Alexis Edgren founded Bethel as a seminary in 1871, with the name Baptist Union Theological Seminary. The seminary trained pastors to serve Swedish Baptist immigrants, fleeing religious persecution in Europe. Edgren, a sea captain and scholar who knew 30 languages, founded Bethel on the enduring conviction that Christians ought to love God with their minds and represent Him in all fields.
With more than 100 academic programs in two colleges, a graduate school, and a seminary, we're one of the most comprehensive, interdenominational Christian universities in the nation.
Wondering what major fits your interests, values, and strengths? What you can do now to lead a successful and purposeful life after graduation?
The Office of Career Development and Calling can help you answer these questions well before graduation day.
We want you to feel confident and equipped for the path God's called you to take while you're at Bethel and after you leave.
We can help you:
Bethel Student Government is here to help you develop your God-given strengths, get inspired to serve, and connect you to opportunities to put your gifts to use.
Because it's run by 100-plus students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, BSG has a pretty good idea about what you may want, need, and like during your time at Bethel. It's their priority to:
Organize fun events so you can connect with other Bethel students
Just a few of the resources and services our halls offer:
Bethel Library offers:
Information Technology Services works to connect Bethel to the world, facilitating teaching and learning and helping our community utilize technology. We work in a variety of areas, from assisting customers at the Help Desk to maintaining our website and supporting applications that Bethel uses everyday.
The Bethel Wellness Center (WLC) is committed to creating a welcoming environment where we encourage a healthy lifestyle. In an uplifting atmosphere, Bethel students can utilize state-of-the-art equipment and innovative programming to meet fitness and health goals.
Bethel University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1959. This "regional accreditation," recognized by the United States Department of Education, demonstrates that the university meets quality educational standards.
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