General Information

Bethany College
Main Street
Bethany, WV 26032
(304) 829-7000

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.

Academic Information
Athletics and Recreation
Civic Engagement
Off-Campus and International
Study Abroad Student Enrollment Information

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

Desired Academic Profile:
Financial Facts
  • Operating budget: $34 million
  • Long-held assets: $98 million
  • Financial aid: 90% of students receive financial aid
Average need-based aid package $8,740
Average merit-based award is more than $5,500

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

Annual Cost of a Bethany education

The 2016-17 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2016 semester or later are:

Fees $1,142
Housing $4,800 to $5,200 (depending on option)
Meals $4,924
Books $1,000
Transportation (est)    $1,000
Total $39,362 (approximate)

For a comprehensive list of charges, click here.

Alumni and Development

Leadership Opportunities
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

Member of the Appalachian College Association, Eastern College Consortium, The InterAmerican Consortium, The Independent Collegiate Enterprise, and Presidents Athletic Conference.

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.

Additional Information can be found at UCAN: