Bethel University ranked second in nation by


Bethel University has been ranked 2nd in the nation in the list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015.

BestColleges noted on its website that, “Bethel University’s Success undergraduate degree program is designed for adults over 23 years of age with a high school diploma or GED and at least three years of work experience. Bethel caters to busy adults in need of flexibility to complete a college degree.”

Selections were based on academic merit, along with the school’s overall strengths, to include acceptance and graduation rates, enrollment and retention.

Bethel University President Walter Butler called the selection, “A big honor.”

“Our faculty and staff work hard to ensure our students receive a quality education. This feedback lets us know our online educational product is meaningful, and that it helps individuals progress toward their personal and professional goals.”

Butler also pointed out that Bethel’s Christian-based philosophy supports an enduring mission established at the school’s inception in 1842.

“Online or in the classroom,” he said, “we continue to allow students to develop to their highest potential as whole persons — intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically—in a supportive environment.”

One of the oldest post-secondary schools In the state, and the largest Christian-affiliated private school in Tennessee, Bethel serves both traditional and non-traditional students, and offers both on-campus and online delivery methods that lead to SACSCOC-accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Bethel was a pioneer in the 1990s as one of the first colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs catering to adult professionals, and was the first school in Tennessee to provide a laptop computer to each fulltime student. More than 3,500 students currently enjoy Bethel’s online program delivery.

In a prepared statement, Best called choosing the right institution of higher learning “a complex and highly personal decision.” Best attempts to make the decision easier “by giving people easy access to information that matters to their specific needs so they can make objective comparisons among institutions.”

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