Bethany College To Open 2009 Academic Year

BETHANY, W.Va.Bethany College will open its 170th academic year on Friday with the freshman Matriculation Ceremony on the lawn of the Old Main Quad.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in historic Commencement Hall.

Officials at the College report an incoming class of approximately 350, making the past two years the largest back-to-back classes in 40 years.  A classical national liberal arts college, Bethany has earned a number of accolades recently from national rankings including Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Barron’s. 

Freshmen will do the traditional walk through the Oglebay Gates up the hill for the historic matriculation ceremony.  The gates are then closed to them until graduation day. 

At the ceremony, students sign the traditional matriculation book and hear comments from Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and other officials. 

The oldest private college in the State, Bethany is located on a beautiful 1,300 acre, 51 building campus, just one mile from Pennsylvania and five miles from Ohio in the Northern panhandle of West Virginia. 

Total enrollment grew by 9.6 percent last year to 914.  College officials are expecting 7.5 percent overall growth this year.