Bethel University Application Essay

We know the college admissions process can be confusing. Don’t despair! Here are some clear answers to the most common admissions and application questions. 

What are the requirements for admission to Bethel?

Each school at Bethel University has its own admission requirements and process. Visit the following links to learn more:

Can I apply online?

Yes! All of our schools and programs accept online applications. Follow the links above for more information.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend Bethel?

At Bethel University, we deliberately link Christian faith, learning, and life. Each year in the College of Arts & Sciences we welcome students from more than 50 church denominations, as well as non-denominational backgrounds, who are willing to explore the most important questions in life from a broadly Christian perspective. Our Covenant for Life Together describes how faith, life, and learning come together. We expect most college students to explore faith questions and to come to a deeper level of understanding and commitment to their faith during their college years.

Bethel Seminary prepares Christians for all kinds of church leadership positions while continuing to celebrate its evangelical, Pietist roots.

The Graduate School and the College of Adult & Professional Studies educate adults from all faith backgrounds and walks of life. An important goal of these schools within Bethel University is to help students make wise decisions with moral grounding based on discussions facilitated by faculty who teach from a broadly Christian perspective.

Is an interview required?

Each of our schools and programs has different requirements and recommendations for admissions interviews.

  • Undergraduate programs - Interviews are not required, but recommended.
  • Graduate programs - Interviews are required for all graduate programs.
  • Adult undergraduate programs - Interviews may be required upon the request of the admissions office.
  • Seminary programs - Interviews are required for select programs and upon the request of the admissions office.

When will I hear if I'm accepted?

Each school and many individual degree programs have their own application deadlines and admissions processes. Don’t hesitate to contact your admissions counselor or advisor for more information. See contact information for each school at the bottom of this page.

How much does Bethel cost and is financial aid available?

Different tuition and fees are applied to each school and program at Bethel University and we offer financial aid to all qualifying students. Learn more about program costs and the financial aid application process at the following links:

How do I set up an appointment with a Bethel admissions counselor?

We love talking with prospective students. Don’t hesitate to contact us at the following email addresses and phone numbers:

Undergraduate Admissions

Contact your individual admissions counselor directly. You can also email the admissions office at undergrad-admissions@bethel.edu or call 651.638.6242 or 800.255.8706 ext. 6242

Adult Undergraduate Admissions

Meet our enrollment counselors. You can also email us at caps@bethel.edu or call 651.635.8000 or 800.255.8706 ext. 8000

Graduate Admissions

Meet our enrollment counselors. You can also email us at gs@bethel.edu or call 651.635.8000 or 800.255.8706 ext. 8000

Seminary Admissions

We have enrollment counselors serving at each of our locations who are happy to meet with you. You can also email us at bsem-admit@bethel.edu or call 651.638.6288 or 800.255.8706 ext. 6288

As part of the application, you'll need to answer several short-answer questions. In case you wanted to work on them before you started the application (since you can't save a partial application), we're providing the questions below.

RA Applicants

  1. What draws you to the RA position?  What do you see as the most significant aspects of the role? 
  2. What previous leadership experiences have you had that would equip you for the role of RA?
  3. In what ways would you hope to grow in your leadership through participation in this experience?
  4. Knowing that the RA is a highly visible leader on campus at Bethel University, why do you believe it is important for the RA to uphold the principles and standards outlined in the Covenant for Life Together and the Student Handbook? During your time at Bethel, are there any areas of the Covenant or Handbook that have been challenging for you? How will you hold yourself and others accountable to these principles?
  5. How have you grown spiritually since coming to Bethel? Please offer some ways in which Jesus Christ has impacted your life since coming to college.

Returning RA Applicants

  1. Why do you want to be an RA again? How will you maintain motivation for a second year?
  2. What are 2-3 things you have learned or grown in this year as an RA? In what ways have you been most challenged as an RA?
  3. Knowing that the RA is a highly visible leader on campus at Bethel University, why do you believe it is important for the RA to uphold the principles and standards outlined in the Covenant for Life Together and the Student Handbook? During your time at Bethel, are there any areas of the Covenant or Handbook that have been challenging for you? How will you hold yourself and others accountable to these principles?
  4. If rehired, how do you anticipate navigating the challenges of having a new team and/or working with a new RD? How will you navigate these challenges?
  5. How have you grown in your relationship with Jesus Christ this year? What are some things you are learning spiritually?

ARD Applicants

  1. Why do you want to be an Assistant Resident Director?
  2. What are 2-3 things that you have learned about yourself in your current RA position (or other leadership experiences if you were not an RA)? In what ways have you been most challenged as an RA?
  3. Knowing that the ARD is a highly visible leader on campus at Bethel University, why do you believe it is important for the ARD to uphold the principles and standards outlined in the Covenant for Life Together and the Student Handbook? During your time at Bethel, are there any areas of the Covenant or Handbook that have been challenging for you? How will you hold yourself and others accountable to these principles?
  4. How have you grown in your relationship with Jesus Christ this year? What are some things you are learning spiritually?
  5. In what ways would you hope to grow in your leadership through participation in this experience?

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