Bethany College

Graduates: 30
Undergraduates: 665
Graduates: 30
Setting: Very small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $22,680.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,680.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1340 / 20 / 2.91
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 60:40
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 58%

Bethany College is a private, liberal arts college located in Bethany, West Virginia, United States. Founded in 1840 by Alexander Campbell of the Restoration Movement, who gained support by the Virginia legislature, Bethany College is the oldest institution of higher education in West Virginia

The mission of Bethany College is to nurture and challenge individuals in their search for truth and meaning as they lead lives of faith, learning and service

A liberal arts college, Bethany was chartered on March 5, 1840, by the Virginia legislature and given "all degree-granting powers" of the University of Virginia. West Virginia's secession from Virginia on June 20, 1863 recognized existing Virginia charters; Bethany College continues to operate under the Virginia charter today. It was founded by Alexander Campbell, a minister in the Restoration Movement who provided the land and funds for the first building and served as the first president. Bethany has been a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), since its inception. This religious body, of which Campbell was one of the principal founders, continues to support and encourage the College but exercises no sectarian control. An early center of coeducation, Bethany has admitted women since the 1880s. The College's roots stem from the Buffalo Seminary, a center for advancement to further education, founded in 1818 by Campbell. Sessions were first held in his mansion in Bethany, home of Alexander Campbell and his father Thomas Campbell. It is located less than a mile away from the College's present location The College is the birthplace of Delta Tau Delta, an international social fraternity founded in 1858. During World War II, Bethany was one of 131 colleges nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, which offered students a path to a Navy commission. A number of campus buildings are contributing resources to the Bethany Historic District. The Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Pendleton Heights was listed in 1975 and the Delta Tau Delta Founders House in 1979.

Rural 1,300 acres (526 ha)

Chief_administrator: Dr. Edward F. Leonard (President)
Fax: 7852278993
Phone: 78522700000000
Geographic region: Plains IA KS MN MO NE ND SD
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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
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Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): No
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): No
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): No
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No