From the Suburbs, to the Suburbs
Through Bethel’s education program, Joe Held gets ready to teach suburban middle schoolers. Read More »
The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is Bethel's undergraduate college for recent high school graduates—nearly 3,000 to be specific. But most of us just call it Bethel University.
Our beautiful 245-acre campus sits along Lake Valentine 20 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. At Bethel, we take a whole-person approach to education—encouraging each person to achieve academic goals, grow deeper faith, and engage in a lively community.
Despite the name "arts and sciences," Bethel offers 88 undergraduate majors in engaging fields, including business, education, communication, nursing, reconciliation studies, all the hard sciences, athletic training, social work, biblical studies, and youth ministry, to name just a few. And over half of all students take advantage of our 30 study-abroad options.
We're committed to making the classroom experience meaningful. Credit goes to small classes averaging just 12 students, and to our Christian professors who hail from top graduate schools, but are fired up about mentoring undergrad students. Accessible faculty and free student tutoring allow the majority of our students to graduate within 5 years.
Campus is an energetic place, where most students live in on-campus housing all 4 years. More than 100 student organizations, intramural sports, and honor societies develop strengths and lead to lifelong friendships. Beyond organized activities, our campus is built for lounging—from the hallway lounges in the academic building to the spacious new student center, it’s easy to catch up with classmates grabbing a bite to eat, studying, or just hanging out.
Spiritually, we’re challenged to ask honest questions about our faith, embrace Jesus personally, and live out His example through service. Beyond voluntary Chapel 3 times a week and Sunday evening Vespers, Campus Ministries offers Bible studies, discipleship groups, and prayer teams. Hundreds of students volunteer in area schools, shelters, and nursing homes—or serve in cross-cultural missions—through our outreach programs.