From the School

There was never a more glorious place to go to college. The rolling hillsides in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains never lose their beauty throughout the seasons. For more than 175 years, Bethany has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts. Once you visit our campus, you’re ours, history is all around you.


From The School

Throughout our history, Bethany’s alumni have achieved great success – become part of Bethany’s tradition of academic excellence. You will learn, live and grow in an environment that encourages you to become involved in your education and your future.

Bethany College specializes in a personalized admission process for each student. At Bethany, our enrollment counselors evaluate each applicant individually and because of this, we are not limited by designated 'cut-offs.'


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
370 - 500
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
390 - 490
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
360 - 470

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Students may choose from more than 25 departmental and 6 interdisciplinary majors, many with options for emphasis. Students also have the option of including one or more of 35 optional minors as part of their programs.

  • Accounting
  • Biology (options for emphasis on Biology, Biochemistry, and Biology Education)
  • Chemistry (options for emphasis on Professional Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemistry Education)
  • Communications and Media Arts (options for emphasis on Digital Media and Production, Graphics, Integrated Media and Marketing, and Sports Communication)
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Accounting (Dual Major)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity – Information Assurance
  • Economics (options for emphasis on Managerial Economics and International Economics)
  • Economics and Mathematics (Dual Major)
  • Education (Elementary Education; Middle Childhood Education through individual department programs in the areas of English, General Science, 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, Social Studies, and Spanish)
  • English (options for emphasis on Creative Writing, Education, Literature, and Writing and Language)
  • Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary)
  • Finance
  • German Studies (Interdisciplinary)
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Economics with study abroad (Interdisciplinary)
  • International Relations (Interdisciplinary)
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (options for emphasis on Mathematics, Mathematics-Economics, Mathematics-Physics, Mathematics-Computer Science, Mathematics-Actuarial Science, and Mathematics Education)
  • Music
  • Music Technology (Interdisciplinary)
  • Physical Education and Sports Studies (options for emphasis on Sports Management, Recreational and Athletic Programming, and Teaching Physical Education)
  • Pre-Engineering/Physical Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (options for emphasis on Scientific Psychology, Human Services, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Occupational Therapy)
  • Psychology and Education (Interdisciplinary)
  • Psychology, Religion, and Culture (Interdisciplinary)
  • Psychology and Social Work (Dual Major)
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Theatre (options for emphasis on Performance and Technical Theatre)
  • Visual Art
Pre-Professional Studies
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Ministry
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

Majors and Degrees Offered

The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Students may choose from more than 25 departmental and 6 interdisciplinary majors, many with options for emphasis. Students also have the option of including one or more of 35 optional minors as part of their programs.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Equestrian/Equine Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Pre-Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

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


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Frances McDormand

Bob Orr
News anchor

Dave Simms

Faith Daniels
News anchor

Greg Jordan
Global managing partner, Reed Smith

Robert J. McCann
CEO, UBS Group Americas

Jeffrey Seglin
NY Times writer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

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


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The 2016-17 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2016 semester or later are:

Tuition $27,292
Fees $1,209
Housing $4,800 to $5,200 (depending on option)
Meals $5,268
Books $1,200
Transportation $1,000
Total $40,769 (Total cost may vary depending on housing option)

Financial Aid

We are dedicated to making a financial commitment to our students. If your desire is to receive a Bethany education, our financial aid office will do everything we can to make it affordable for you and your family.

The College also awards scholarships based on academic performance, leadership capability and other academic factors. Additionally, need-based aid is awarded to all eligible students in accordance with FAFSA results. Financial aid packages generally consist of loans, grants, scholarships and student employment.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Bethany offers more than 50 student organizations: scholastic and honorary, government, special interest and departmental.

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

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 affords you the opportunity to become involved and find a home away from home. Whether it’s the fraternity or sorority you join, the roommate you have, the team you play on, or the classes you take — you will have friends for life. You’re in an historic college town, and you can study abroad. Earn yourself some bragging rights and become part of a long lineage of successful alumni, a big extended family — in all fields of work, and in all parts of the world.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



47% female
53% male
68% are out of state
79% are full time
21% are part time

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.”


From The School


Once you visit our campus, you’re ours, history is all around you. The campus includes 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus features a wide array of studies, in addition to beautiful architecture with a 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.

More than 90 percent of students live in spacious on-campus apartments, residential halls or fraternity/sorority houses, which include Internet, cable TV and more. 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.

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 primarily serves football, lacrosse, 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 are at your convenience. The equestrian team trains at the Oglebay Stables.

Off-Campus Opportunities

When you want to venture beyond our 1,300-acre campus, America’s Most Livable City, Pittsburgh is only a 50 minute drive from campus and Wheeling, West Virginia; Washington, Pennsylvania; and Steubenville, Ohio are less than a half-hour away.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

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

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

31% join a fraternity
51% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

41% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bison)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bison)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, CDW-G, Verizon Wireless

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Gloria Colussi
Enrollment Office Assistant

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



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

Information Sessions

Saturdays as scheduled

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Sunday - Thursday, special events


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

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