Bethany College Enrollment Continues to Grow

BETHANY, W.Va. - Continuing a strategic pattern of qualitative growth outlined in the master plan “Bethany 2020”, full-time enrollment at Bethany College increased by 10.7 percent this year, according to R.J. Zitzelsberger, Director of Enrollment. 

Freshman and transfers arrived on campus Friday and Saturday with upperclass students arriving Sunday.  The College’s traditional Matriculation Ceremony for new students was held Saturday night. Classes begin Monday.

Total enrollment will grow to approximately 1,050 in 2010-11, Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, said.

“The qualitative growth of enrollment at Bethany speaks well to the people and programs of the College,” Dr. Miller said.  “Our strong classical liberal arts programs, synergistic partnerships, and a supportive residential environment make Bethany College extremely attractive to a national constituency. “

The College welcomed over 329 new undergraduate students this year, including 290 freshmen and 39 transfers. Another 26 graduate learners enrolled in Bethany’s new Master of Arts in Teaching program.  

The College has selectively grown by over 200 students in the past three years.  A classical residential liberal arts college, 100-year-old Cochran Hall—vacant for the past 10 years—was renovated this year to serve as modern suite style student housing.  For the second year in a row, the College is operating at residential capacity. 

Bethany is a top tier National Liberal Arts College, according to U.S. News and World Report.  The College is first among private colleges in the state and fourth among the 36 members of the Applachian Colleges Association.  In recent years, Bethany has received national recognition for quality and cost from U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s, Washington Monthly, Forbes, Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction. 

The College is located on a beautiful, historic 45 building 1,300 acre campus in the wooded foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.  Bethany is the oldest college in the state and the 168th oldest in the nation.