Bethany College is a privately-supported classical liberal arts college. It is consistently rated as one of the best values in higher education by numerous national magazines, journals and rankings.

Our campus is located on 1,300 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just one mile from Pennsylvania and five miles from Ohio. 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.

Founded: 1840

Religious Affiliation: The College is related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination with ecumenical tradition of welcoming persons of all faiths and denominations.

Student Enrollment: 27 States Represented and 10 Countries.

Continuing Education: Approximately 200 adults enroll each year in continuing education programs.

Alumni Base: 10,000 Living Alumni

Bethany College
33 E. Campus Dr
Bethany, WV 26032

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.

Dual Degree: Students may choose to major in one of three dual degree programs:

  • Case Western University (3 + 2 in engineering)
  • 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.

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.

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: 11 women’s and 11 men’s varsity teams and one co-ed club team (equestrian)

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.

The 2018-19 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester or later are:

$27,288 Tuition
$1,166 Fees
$4,950 to $5,350 Housing (depending on option)
$5,320 Meals
$1,200 Books (estimated)
$1,000 Transportation (estimated)
$41,294 Total (approximate)

For more information, please review our comprehensive list of charges.

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.

Placement: 84% of Bethany graduates are enrolled in graduate school or employed within three months of graduation.

The Bethany College campus community provides remarkable amounts of service to the people of this region.

Collectively, Bethany students, groups, clubs, organizations and academics contribute nearly 40,000 hours of service to nearly 100 different agencies or programs in and around our campus community each year. Our athletic teams, Greek organizations, student clubs, and academic groups all participate in these activities and have made significant contributions to community programs. All told, more than 80 percent of Bethany students volunteer on campus or in the community.

In addition to service hours, Bethany College campus groups raised more than $25,000 last year for a number of important causes.

Bethany faculty and coaches are effective role models for students and for both providing and taking part in the provision of services, alongside their students. Administrators are also supportive of community service projects and willingly participate in service activities as well. This encourages students to seek out opportunities, such as Alternative Spring Break, that provide wonderful experiences for travel and service outside the boundaries of the United States.