Bethany College
Bethany, WV, USA

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Bethany College
3.61 Average Rating

Gregory from Bethany, WV

a current student here
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In three sentences
Bethany College is a small non-sectarian, liberal arts college affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, in which you are immersed within a close-nit community surrounded by the beautiful hills of West Virginia. Bethany is secluded from society so it is easy to focus on your studies, yet Bethany is still within a good distance of Wheeling, Steubenville, and Pittsburgh. If you want an area that provides you with a great environment to study; a small community to know everyone; and a helpful, relaxed, and caring administration/faculty... Bethany College is a great place to attend.
Tips for prospective students
You may have heard your parents or grandparents saying that when they were young, they had to walk up hill to school. Well, Bethany college is this type of school. You are allowed vehicles, but everything in the college and town is within a 20 minute walking distance. The professors expect you to do your part and do your work. They are willing to help you out, but only if you are willing to help yourself. Bethany is different than many colleges and universities because you will get to know everyone on campus and all the professors. The President, administration, faculty, staff, etc. will all be involved in you daily life here at Bethany. Also, because Bethany is a small environment college, the faculty, staff, admin. etc become like friends and not just the college workers. If you plan on coming to Bethany, prepare for hills, curvy roads, small communities where shops are family owned, and where everyone is on a more personal level.
Academic Rigor
For how small Bethany College is, there are many choices to study within this liberal arts college. Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Languages, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Communications, Religion, Business, Politics, History, Sports Management, Education, and Equestrian are a few of the areas of study. The professors will listen to the students to help introduce material better in the classroom. If any problems occur, the administration have always handled the problems quickly and effectively to ensure that the students education is not diminished in anyway.
Dorm Life
Within Bethany, you have many different types of places to live. All girls/guys 2-person per room dorms; co-ed apartment style; suite style with up to 6 roommates; drug, alcohol, and smoke free floors/buildings; and even an always quiet floors/buildings. Your choice of residence can be right next to the academic location of the college, or can be as far away as a 10 minute walk. Resident Assistants have social events for all dorms, floors, etc. and provide assistance at all times.
Food and Dining
Bethany College had a history of having bad food, but now has multiple locations, and food types for the college community. The staff provide food for people with dietary restrictions and are willing to help out in anyway. Our cafeteria was just remolded in 2011 and now provides a better way to keep your food safe, and clean until it is on your plate. Hours of operation for all 3 dining locations are great because they fit with the students schedules.
What to do for fun
There are many activities that the Student Activities Council provides to the college, which is all decided by student decisions. There is another university within 10 minutes in which many students from both schools combine in activities. There is a park within Bethany, a few fitness buildings, and a recreation center. You can go fishing in the buffalo, hiking throughout the hills and woods, bowling in Wellsburg, or go to Bubba's Bison Inn. Wheeling, WV is a 25 minute drive south of Bethany, Weirton and Steubenville are both a 25 minute drive north; and Pittsburgh is about a 1 hour drive from Bethany.
Great for these types of students
Anyone who wants to be apart of a personal community where everyone knows everyone, Bethany is the place for you. If you want to be in an area which gives you the great opportunity to focus on college work, Bethany is the place for you. If you like a location where the surrounding towns are filled with family owned shops and fun things to do, Bethany is the place for you.
Clubs and Activities
Bethany has a many clubs, organizations, activities, etc. Everything is controlled by the students. The students of Bethany have a lot of power here. Only legal and educational matters are always handled by the administration, with students being allowed to voice their opinions if the legal or educational matter involves the students. Yet, all in all, almost everything is run by, and based off the students and their decisions.
Greek Life
About 50% of students on Bethany College's campus is greek affiliated. Bethany has 3 sorority chapters, and 5 fraternity chapters. Bethany College is also the founding location for the Delta Tau Delta chapter. All sororities are on campus, while only 3 fraternities are on campus, with the rest located in town. The Greek Life plays just as big of a role in the college as the independates because of the greek to independate ration of 1:1.
Campus Safety
Campus security is always on campus 24-7. They are friendly, always there to help out when needed, and are not out to bust students.
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Lindsay from Hilliard, OH

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
This is a great place to learn. I came with one major and now have switched due to the teachers and the one on one attention I get. We have small classes and lots of individual attention. Just what I have needed. If you have questions or need help, they have teachers, tutors, workshops and all kinds of help. No reason anyone can't succeed with Bethany College
Am enjoying being here
When I came, I knew no one and felt a little uneasy. This college has allowed me to become involved in animal activities, riding sports, spend time with new found friends, watching presentations from the theater area and all kinds of professional entertainment brought in from outside the college
Bang for the buck
Even though the cost to come to Bethany is a little high, the rewards you receive as a student, the quality of student life, the individual attention, the numerous resources that are available to you, they make everything worth the payments. I looked at several other colleges that cost about the same in OH and KY and none compared to what I have available to me. Go Bethany!!
Tips for prospective students
As you look for a college, you want to find somewhere that you feel comfortable, that fits you as an individual. The enrollment staff are great, they are quick to answer questions, the counselors will let you combine just about anything for a major. The small town atmosphere is really great to feel like you are a part of the campus. The sight is awesome too from the mountainside! Food is fabulous-made right then.
Great for these types of students
Oh let me count the great things. Small classes, individual attention, scholarships, financial aid, labs, one on one with professors and tutors, help sessions, extended times if needed to get work accomplished due to competitions, great food-everything is done right then. Lots of friendships on a small scale. Who could ask for more!
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