Q. How many students attend Bethany College?
A. Bethany has an enrollment of more than 500 students full and part-time from 29 states and 19 foreign countries. It is a four-year fully accredited, coeducation, residential institution.
Q. What can I have in my room?
A. You can have anything in your room (refrigerator, TV, microwave, etc.) as long as it has no open coils or flames (toasters, candles, etc.). You can have harmless animals such as fish. If you have any further questions, you can contact the Student Life Office for more information.
Q. Is chapel a requirement at Bethany College?
A. Bethany offers voluntary chapel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 - 10:50 a.m. This is a sacred time on campus. No classes or meetings are scheduled at this time so that everyone has the freedom to worship in chapel or find other ways to reflect and renew. Christ is the center of our community, so worship is an important part of campus life. As a college affiliated with the Lutheran Church, we encourage freedom of religious expression, diversity of religious belief and individual choice as to whether to worship.
Q. What kind of social life can I have at Bethany?
A. Bethany is located between Salina, McPherson, Hutchinson and Wichita. Lindsborg is a great small town, but these places allow other opportunities to have fun including shopping, dining out and other social activities.
Lindsborg offers great possibilities to broaden your cultural horizons in art, music and theatre. As an athlete, many spend a considerable amount of time with teammates. This may include study sessions, practices and other team gatherings. This is a great way to develop a common circle of friends.
Bethany also has a group called SAB (Student Activities Board). SAB provides students with fun events up to six times per month! Activities include: the annual Homecoming Talent Show, ice cream socials, dances, Casino Night, Swedestock, and many other activities. These events are free for students!
Q. What are the perks of living on campus?
A. Living on campus at Bethany is beneficial for students because of the community atmosphere created. Students live with their peers, and are able to keep active in several different organizations without feeling too overwhelmed. Also, each student has their own voice mail account that they can even check from off campus (so no answering machines are necessary). Also, the laundry facilities are free to the students living on campus. (So parents, this means no quarters for your students!)
Q. Do you have campus security?
A. Yes. We feel that our environment is safe. Many students walk across campus at night without hesitation. Bethany employs security officers and provides a telephone number students may call any time to talk to a security personnel.
Q. Are all the residence halls co-ed?
A. No, Anna Marm is a female-only residence hall. The other four other halls are co-ed. Bethany also offers a unique situation where upperclassmen can apply to live in one of four perimeter houses.
Q. Can I participate in music without being a music major?
Q. What kind of intramural sports do you offer?
A. Sure! In fact, most of the students who fill the music ensembles represent a core group of students who represent a variety of majors and are involved in many other activities around campus.
A. Bethany offers intramural activities such as all night softball, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, racket ball, pickle ball and even ping pong. You don't have to play professionally to have fun playing intramural sports!
Q. Are computers accessible on campus?
A. Yes, Bethany has two computer labs, and each student has their own account in the system. Student have unlimited access to the Internet and e-mail services. Also, students able to access the server from the residence halls if you bring your own computer.
Q. How's the food?
A. Sodexo Campus Services caters our food and is considered one of the best food services across college campuses. They do a wonderful job of allowing several choices of foods at every meal. You will almost always be able to find foods in each of these areas: fried, home cooked, vegetarian, Chinese, pasta, salad, deli and cereal bars, as well as a wonderful array of desserts.
Q. What are the visitation hours in the residence halls?
A. The visitation hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the week, but extended to 24 hours on the weekends.
Q. What's the Lindsborg community like?
A. The residents and businesses are very supportive of all the events that happen at Bethany. Some people volunteer to be "host families" while students are away from their own family. You might want to check out these quaint stores that line Main Street.
Q. What is the difference between ASH and Alma Swensson Hall?
A. Nothing. They are one and the same. ASH is simply an acronym for Alma Swensson Hall (a dominantly freshman residence hall).
Q. What if my roommate and I don’t get along?
A. The Student Life staff does a wonderful job of matching roommates from the information that you fill out on the Student Data Form. But, in the case you can't get along with your roommate, there is a week at the beginning of the year when you may request a different room/student to live with.
Q. Are there a lot of students who participate in extracurricular activities?
A. Yes, most of the students who come to Bethany become involved in at least one activity. Some of the students choose to join several organizations such as social fraternities or sororities, athletic teams, musical groups and theatre productions.
Q. Are the community bathrooms tolerable?
A. Many students have lived through them, so they must not be too bad! Actually, most people miss them when they move into the upperclassmen halls because the bathrooms are shared with only three other people. Also, maintenance cleans the community bathrooms daily, while you have to clean your own in the other halls.