As the oldest private college in the state of West Virginia, Bethany’s 1,300-acre campus is full of rich tradition.
Old Main and Campbell Mansion, named after Bethany’s founder Alexander Campbell, are national historic landmarks. Named the #1 Town to Live In for West Virginia in 2019 (for towns with a population between 1,000 and 5,000) by homesnacks.net, Bethany is conveniently located in the Northern Panhandle.
Although Bethany’s campus is set in the rolling hills of the Allegheny Mountains, we are at the doorstep to Pittsburgh – America’s Most Livable City, and within a half-day drive to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and other major cities.
Locally, The Highlands is a 20-minute drive from campus and provides you with numerous shopping, entertainment, and restaurant venues. Wheeling, with its waterfront and rich history, is also a short drive from campus. If you’re interested in outdoor activities such as golf, a ski lift, or spa, you can drive a few miles from Bethany to explore Oglebay Resort.
If you want to venture around our 1,300-acres, you can explore the Bethany College Parkinson Forest, which is recognized as part of the Old-Growth Forest Network and includes an Outdoor Classroom, a waterfall, and numerous hiking spots.