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.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The campus features rolling wooded hills and a lush, green academic mall. Facilities include beautiful historic landmarks, modern well-equipped classrooms, spacious sports/recreational areas, indoor and outdoor theaters, art galleries, an equestrian center, a teaching greenhouse and more. The College operates the Mountainside Conference Center, which includes Gresham Inn, and also the Campbell Mansion and Museum.
The 31,140 square-foot Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Services contains computers, collaborative learning spaces, and a multi-media area. Its holdings include more than 200,000 bound volumes, 50,000 electronic books, 2,000 periodical subscriptions, and nearly 100,000 microforms along with numerous online information resources. The library also contains two extensive special collections. The College is a partner in the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia, a widely acclaimed research library collaborative of the 36 Appalachian College Association institutions. Bethany is also one of seven colleges in three states participating in the Independent College Enterprise, a state-of-the-art collaborative addressing academic computing.
The Thomas Phillips Johnson Health and Recreation Center includes Hummel Fieldhouse (Nutting Gymnasium), three-court multi-use gymnasium (Sandwen Arena), Knight Natatorium (Olympic-size pool), two racquetball courts, a free-weight exercise fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, and an indoor jogging track. The Cummins Community Center is a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center.
Outdoor Facilities: A multi-purpose stadium (Bison Stadium) with artificial turf and lights that primarily serves football, lacrosse, women’s field hockey, and track and field, Hoag Soccer Field, John Cunningham Soccer Complex, equestrian center, 6 tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, football practice fields, and additional playing fields for intramural and club sports. The equestrian team trains at the Oglebay Stables.
More than 90 percent of students live in spacious on-campus apartments, residential halls or fraternity/sorority houses, which include Internet, cable TV and voice-mail access. Computer labs with Internet and library access, e-mail, digital media labs, rehearsal halls, research and language labs, The McCann Learning Center for academic support, and other amenities are provided.
Student Organizations & Activities
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 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)
Bethanians for Life
Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)
Economics and Business Club
Environmental Science Club
Fire and Rescue Club
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
International Relations Club
International Students Association (ISA)
Math and Computer Science Club (MCSC)
National Broadcasting Society (NBS) (Alpha Epsilon Rho)
Physical Education Club
Political Awareness Society
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ)
Special Education Club
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Student Art Guild
Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Student Literacy Association
Student National Education Association (SNEA)
Campus Media include:
Bethany Political Journal
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