From the School

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, was founded March 2, 1840. For more than 170 years, Bethany College has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts. The College's program of classical liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance. Teaching and learning form the mission of Bethany College. Central to this broad purpose is providing a liberal arts education for students, including the preparation of professionals, in an atmosphere of study, work, and service.

Bethany College is an academic community founded on the close interaction between students and faculty in the educational process. Bethany College values intellectual rigor and freedom, diversity of thought and lifestyle, personal growth within a community context, and responsible engagement with public issues.

All students pursuing a bachelor's degree must complete The Bethany Plan a detailed academic and co-curricular program, focused on building skills employers seek, and grounded in the liberal arts. Bethany has achieved national distinction as one of the few institutions requiring a Senior Capstone Project and written and oral Senior Comprehensive Exams. For more information on the Bethany Plan, visit www.bethanywv.edu/bethany-plan.

Founded by Alexander Campbell, who provided the land and funds for the first building and served as the first president, Bethany has been a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception. This religious body, of which Campbell was one of the principal founders, continues to support and encourage the College, but exercises no sectarian control. Students from virtually every religious community attend Bethany.

Overview

Applicants
1,736
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
2.78

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
24%
2.00 - 2.49
7%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
380 - 530
SAT Math
390 - 510
ACT Composite
17 - 23

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

Accounting
Biology
(with options for emphasis on Biology, Biochemistry, and Biology Education Grades 9-12)
Business Administration
Chemistry
(with options for emphasis on Professional Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemistry Education Grades 9-12)
Communications and Media Arts
(with options for emphasis on Digital Media and Production, Graphics, Integrated Media and Marketing, and Sports Communication)
Computer Science
Computer Science and Accounting (Dual Major)
Economics
(with options for emphasis on Managerial Economics, International Economics, and Financial Economics)
Economics and Mathematics (Dual Major)
Education
(Elementary Education; Middle Childhood Education through individual department programs in the areas of General Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Spanish; Secondary Education through individual department programs in the areas of Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Psychology, SocialScience, and Spanish; Education in a Non-School Setting)
English
(with options for emphasis on Creative Writing, Education, and Literature)
Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary)
Equine Studies
(with options for Equine Management and Pre-Veterinary Medicine)
History
International Economics with study abroad (Interdisciplinary)
International Relations (Interdisciplinary)
Mathematics
(with options for emphasis on Mathematics, Mathematics-Economics, Mathematics-Physics, Mathematics-Computer Science, Mathematics-Actuarial Science, and Mathematics Education)
Music
Physical Education and Sports Studies (with options for emphasis on Sports Management, Recreational and Athletic Programming, and Teaching Physical Education)
Pre-Engineering/Physical Science
Political Science
Psychology
(with options for emphasis on Scientific Psychology, Human Services, and Pre-Physical Therapy)
Psychology and Education (Interdisciplinary)
Psychology and Social Work (Dual Major)
Religious Studies
Social Studies (Interdisciplinary)
Social Work
Spanish
Theatre
(with options for emphasis on Acting and Technical Theatre)
Visual Art

Pre-Professional Studies
Pre-Dentistry
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law
Pre-Medical
Pre-Ministry
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary

Students Say

Bethany College in West Virginia is “a very small liberal arts school” with “a rich history full of tradition” and a “close-knit community of students, administrators, and faculty.” “Bethany is a wonderful college if you’re looking for small classes.” The administration and faculty “become part of your college family.” The top brass is “always willing to help.” “There is very little red tape to speak of when it comes to anything.” Overall, professors are “good at what they do,” “passionate about teaching,” and “serious” about “challenging students.” The curriculum is “well-rounded.” “There are a lot of classes that I probably would not have taken if I did not have to, and now I am happy that I did,” muses one senior. Also, all graduates “must complete a senior project and take comprehensive exams” in their majors. It’s not easy, but in the end “You feel confident that you know about your major and can get a real job.” There are “very good academic programs in education, chemistry and psychology.” Students also say that Bethany has “a good reputation for biology.” The equestrian program “is known up and down the East Coast.” The one big academic complaint is that “some of the science facilities and computer labs are due for an upgrade.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
79
with Terminal Degree
43

43
Men
36
Women
4
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Frances McDormand
Actress

Bob Orr
CBS News

Dave Simms
Sportscaster

Faith Daniels
CBS and NBC news anchor

William H. Macy
Actor

Robert J. McCann
CEO, UBS Group Americas

Jeffrey Seglin
NY Times writer

Overview

From The School

The 2014-15 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2014 semester were:
Tuition $24,836
Fees $1,235
Room and Board $9,436 to $9,836 (depending on option)
Books and Supplies (est) $1,200
Personal/Transportation (est) $2,100
Total* $38,807 (approximate)

* Total cost may vary depending on housing option.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics


Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,463

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,836
Required Fees
$900
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Bethany's 22 varsity athletic teams (11 women's and 11 men's) compete in the NCAA Division III Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC). Bethany also offers more than 50 student organizations: scholastic and honorary, government, special interest and departmental.

The Stampede, Bethany College's new Marching Band, made its debut during the 2013 fall semester.

Greek organizations include Phi Kappa Tau, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Sigma Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Nu.

Student Clubs and Service/Philanthropic Organizations include:
Alpha Phi Omega
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Amnesty International Baseball Club
Bethanians for Life
Circle K
Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)
Drama Club
Economics and Business Club
Environmental Science Club
Equestrian Club
Film Club
Fire and Rescue Club
French Club
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
German Club
International Relations Club
International Students Association (ISA)
Japanese Club
Math and Computer Science Club (MCSC)
Men's Lacrosse
National Broadcasting Society (NBS) (Alpha Epsilon Rho)
Outdoors Club
Photography Club
Physical Education Club
Political Awareness Society
Psychology Club
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Soccer Club
Social Awareness
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ)
Softball Club
Spanish Club
Special Education Club
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Student Art Guild
Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Student Literacy Association
Student National Education Association (SNEA)
Tri Beta
Writers Club

Campus Media include:B Bethany Political Journal
Bethanian Yearbook
Folio MagazineB Harbinger
Tower Online
WTVX TV-3
WVBC Online

Students Say

Most students are “White” and “from the local tristate area” of “Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.” A typical student here is “well balanced academically, athletically, and socially.” “There aren’t very many atypical students, but they fit in fine.” “We all have to fit in because we are such a small school,” adds a chemistry major. “It is nice to be able to recognize and say hi to about 85 percent of the people you pass on the way to class,” says one student. “Even if you do not know the person, you still say hello.” “The student population could very well be split into Greek and independent students, or into athletes and nonathletes.” However, “There aren’t really uncrossable borders,” observes a religious studies major. Students “intermingle and get along well.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
694
Out of State
80%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
5

Demographics

44% female
56% male
80% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School

Bethany's 1,300-acre campus is located only 39 miles from America's Most Livable City, Pittsburgh, and is a 40-minute drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Situated in the beautiful foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, Wheeling, West Virginia and Washington, Pennsylvania, are less than a half-hour away.

Students Say

Bethany’s “beautiful,” “secluded” campus in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains is “isolated from everything.” Students describe life here as “friendly and inviting” and “somewhat like high school.” “Most kids here play at least one” intercollegiate sport. “People play intramural sports a lot” as well. Bethany “brings in entertainment and offers things to do,” but mostly, “Students are forced to create their own fun.” “Drinking plays a big role,” “but students who choose not to participate are not harassed.” “A lot of people participate in Greek Life on campus,” and frat parties are very common. Otherwise, “To have fun, many people go to the only bar in the small, small town of Bethany.” “We usually just dance, hang out, and have a good time,” explains one student. Complaints about campus life include the food, which “tastes terrible.” “Healthier meal options, such as chicken that isn’t more fat than meat” would be an improvement. “The hills on campus make it hard to gain the ‘freshman 15,’” but “At night, it’s too dark to see and in the winter, too icy.” “It’s not the kind of place where you worry about getting mugged walking at 11:00 p.m., but you do worry about twisting your ankle.” When students need a taste of city life, Pittsburgh is about 40 miles awa

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
68
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
69

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
34
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
4

29% join a fraternity
42% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

55% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bison)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bison)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay Straight Alliance

Minority Support Groups: Black Alliance

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Gloria Colussi
Enrollment Office Assistant

Address
Bethany House
Bethany College
Bethany, WV 26032

Phone
800-922-7611

Email
gcolussi@bethanywv.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Old Main
Bethany House
Athletic Facilities
Campbell Village
Campbell Mansion & Cemetery

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Peace Point Equestrian Center
Chambers Traditional Country Grocery
Oglebay Resort
Drover's Restaurant
Highlands Shopping Center
Bethany is 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, PA, and 30 minutes from Wheeling, WV, Washington, PA, and Steubenville, OH.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturday Only

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
gcolussi@bethanywv.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday - Thursday, special events

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and shuttles are available from the Pittsburgh airport and Pittsburgh Amtrak station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Pittsburgh: Take Interstate 79, to routes 50 or 22/30 into West Virginia. From Rt. 50 take Rt. 23 to Rt. 88 South. From 22/30 take Rt. 2 south to Rt. 67 East into Bethany. From Ohio: Take Interstate 70 into Wheeling, and then exit 88 North to Bethany.

Local Accommodations
Gresham Inn (Approx. $70-$80), located on the Bethany Campus. 304-829-4343
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Key Stats

1,736
Applicants
694
Size
49%
Acceptance Rate
900
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists