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Student Life

Experience life as a Bethel Pilot.

Being a student at Bethel is all about connectedness. As a student you will connect with God, new and lifelong friends, professors, future employers, and more. Through these connections you will have opportunities to grow in your faith in Jesus while living in community with others. A continual availability of shared experiences will propel you into greater depth with those around you. You will have opportunities to share in the great diversity of God’s Kingdom, both around the world and here on campus. And so much more! Take a look below at some highlights of what Student Life could look like for you.

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students are involved in mentoring or discipleship groups


clubs and intramural sports


traditional students live on campus

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Campus Life

From regular campus activities and traditions to a full schedule of intramural sports and athletic and musical events, there’s always something happening on campus.


From suites and apartments, you share with friends to more traditional dorm rooms, we have a variety of student housing options on campus.

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Spiritual Life

From chapel services to midweek small groups to individual spiritual mentoring, spiritual strengthening awaits you.

Global & Community Engagement

Whether you choose to study abroad for a semester, join a short-term Task Force Team or stay close to home through participating in one of our Living Learning Communities, you will have the opportunity to impact the world around you.

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Greater South Bend/Mishawaka Community

Bethel University’s campus is in Mishawaka, Indiana, adjacent to South Bend, the state’s fourth-largest city. A vibrant arts, entertainment, and recreation scene has always flourished in the South Bend-Mishawaka-Elkhart metropolitan area.

  • Several shopping and dining establishments as well as the University Park Mall and Heritage Square are located just north of campus, while Mishawaka’s landmark Riverwalk, with views of the St. Joseph River, is within two miles to the south.
  • Throughout the year, leading national acts perform at South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center and Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
  • The South Bend Cubs, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play at Four Winds Field near South Bend’s Renaissance District.
  • We are also within an hour’s drive of Lake Michigan beaches, where you can shop and relax.

Take Our Virtual Tour

The best way to experience Bethel is through a personalized campus visit! We offer individual and group visit options throughout the year, so you can find the one that suits you best. You can even visit Bethel from the comfort of your own home with a virtual tour of our campus. See more pictures and videos at stops along the way.

Life Granville
“Mentoring at Bethel has meant everything to me. I was a baby Christian when I arrived on campus, and through mentorship from professors, coaches, and even bosses and administration, I have seen God take the wisdom from older people who have a heart to truly disciple and see me take the Kingdom further or different areas of influence that they could not have reached.”
Life Granville ‘23
“Spiritual life at Bethel has shown me that a walk with Christ can be loving, fun, exciting, painful, sad, depressing, and everything in between. I am wrestling and learning that God wants every bit of us, not just the parts that are "stage worthy" or highlights that make for good social media posts. My mentors here at Bethel have poured into me continually for the past three years through some of the darkest and most joyful seasons of life. I have learned that God loves me as His own and that He will take care of my every need, even if it's one class at a time.”
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Meet the Student Life Team

Take the Next Step

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