Bethany, WV 26032
Bethany is a privately-supported classical liberal arts college of national distinction. The College is consistently rated as one of the best values in higher education by numerous national magazines, journals and rankings.
Bethany is a selective undergraduate institution located on 1,300 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just one mile from Pennsylvania and five miles from Ohio.
The historic town of Bethany is served by Pittsburgh International Airport, just 45 minutes from campus. The College is located 39 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, 22 miles from Washington, Pa., and 14 miles from Wheeling.
The campus features rolling wooded hills and a lush, 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. The College operates the Mountainside Conference Center, which includes Gresham Inn, and also the Campbell Mansion and Museum.
More than 90 percent of students live in spacious on-campus apartments, residential halls or fraternity/sorority houses, which include internet, cable TV and voice-mail access. Computer labs with Internet and library access, e-mail, photography darkrooms, rehearsal halls, research and language labs, an academic support and learning center, and other amenities are provided.
- Percentage of classes taught by Faculty with terminal degree: 90%
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- Average Class Size: 14
- Majors:Three most popular majors:
- Faculty: Percentage of faculty teaching undergraduates: 100%
- Academic programs: 26 departmental and 6 interdisciplinary majors; 33 minors
- Degrees: B.A., B.S. and M.A.T.
- Interdisciplinary majors: Students may enroll in a wide variety of faculty-sponsored and student initiated interdisciplinary majors cross departmental lines. For details, contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Technological proficiency: Students may enroll in up to 12 credit hours (of their total degree) from a unique summer online consortium of liberal arts colleges. All classes must be taken during the summer.
- Dual Degree: Students may choose to major in one of three dual degree programs: Columbia University (3 + 2 in engineering); Case Western University (3 + 2 in engineering) and Duquesne University (3 + 3 in law). Students enrolled in Communications and Media Arts also have an opportunity to study for a semester or a year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as a part of their major.
- Academic Calendar: The academic year is divided into two semesters and a January Interim Term.
- Interim Term: A four-week period each January in which students develop their potential for creativity by exploring one topic of interest. Some students utilize this period to take advantage of foreign study, internships and independent study and research.
- Internships: 80% participation in academic internships at 107 local, national and international employers
- Senior Project and Comprehensive Examination:Bethany is one of the few colleges nationwide that require all students to complete a senior project and comprehensive examination prior to graduation.
- Graduate school acceptance rates:Nearly twice the national average acceptance rate to medical school; better than 90% admissions to other professional schools.
- Library and Information Services:The 31,140 square-foot Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Services contains computers, collaborative learning spaces, a multi-media area. Its holdings include more than 200,000 bound volumes, 50,000 electronic books, 2,000 periodical subscriptions, and nearly 100,000 microforms along with numerous online information resources. The library also contains two extensive special collections. The College is a partner in the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia, a widely acclaimed research library collaborative of the 36 Appalachian College Association institutions. Bethany is also one of seven colleges in three states participating in the Independent College Enterprise, a state-of-the-art collaborative addressing academic computing.
- Athletic Affiliations:Bethany plays in the NCAA Division III Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC)
- Mascot: Bison
- Colors: Green and White
- Varsity Sports: 10 women’s and 11 men’s varsity teams and one co-ed team (equestrian); 31% student participation
- Intramural Sports: 8 intramural; 63% student participation
- Indoor Facilities:The Thomas Phillips Johnson Health and Recreation Center includes Hummel Fieldhouse (performance 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 that primarily serves football 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. The equestrian team trains at Oglebay Stables.
76% from outside West Virginia
86% participate in community service
57% acceptance rate
71% from public secondary schools, 14% from parochial, and 15% from independent schools, totaling more than 120 high schools per class
34% of Bethany students ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes; 88% from the top 50% of their classes
20% of Bethany students had a cumulative 4.0 high school GPA; 75% had above a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
- Operating budget: $34 million
- Long-held assets: $98 million
- Financial aid: 90% of students receive financial aid
Median family income of students receiving need-based assistance is just over $50,000. The range of income for students receiving need-based assistance runs from $0 to $150,000+
Total assistance to first-year students from all sources equals $3.2 million
The 2015-16 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2015 semester or later are:
For a comprehensive list of charges, click here.
Alumni and Development
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, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Nu, Delta Epsilon Pi
Placement: 97 percent of recent alumni, one year after graduation, are employed or attending graduate school.
Public Disclosure Documents: In compliance with state and federal regulations, the Office of the President is the location of “public disclosure” documents. The annual Bethany safety and security report, describing campus safety practices, crime statistics, reporting and prevention education; and policies and education on alcohol, illegal drugs, and sexual assault is posted on the Campus Life website.
Bethany College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, color, or national or ethnic origin, and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.