Bethel University's first embodiment was a seminary called Baptist Union Theological Seminary founded by John Alexis Edgren in the year 1871 to train pastors to serve Swedish Baptists who immigrated to the United States to escape religious prosecution in Europe. After the second World War, it started offering four-year degrees as the Bethel College & Seminary until finally becoming Bethel University in 2004 to accurately represent the academic growth the institution has gone through over the years.
Today, Bethel University sits on a 245-acre lakeside campus in St. Paul where it houses its 4 different schools through which it offers 8 bachelor's degrees and 10 master's degree programs to 6,000 students from 49 states and 21 countries around the world.
- Minimum GPA 2.25
- Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 87
- Minimum SAT 920
- Minimum ACT 21
- Average SAT Score 1165