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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Gloria Colussi
Enrollment Office Assistant

Address
31 E Campus Dr #4
Bethany College
Bethany, WV 26032

Phone
800-922-7611

Email
gcolussi@bethanywv.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Old Main
Athletic Facilities
Campbell Village
Bethany Beanery
Renner Art Gallery
Students also enjoy 2.5 miles of wooded hiking trails that pass a waterfall and the scenic Outdoor Classroom.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Campbell Mansion & Cemetery
Chambers Traditional Country Grocery
Highlands Shopping Center
Oglebay Resort & Spa
Drover's Inn & Tavern
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
Saturdays as scheduled

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 at Mountainside Conference Center 0 miles from campus Prospective student discounted rate: $70/night + tax Bethany, WV 304-829-7622 Aspen Manor Resort 7 miles from campus $60-170/night + tax 1500 Brinker Road Wellsburg, WV 304-737-0851

Admissions

Applicants: 1,394
Acceptance Rate: 62%
Average HS GPA: 2.94






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