Anabaptist Colleges and Universities

May 14, 2019

Anabaptist colleges and universities provide a faith-based environment for students to undertake higher education programs. Some of the most important information for these institutions, like tuition, location and programs, is covered here.

There are a number of colleges and universities in the US that provide a higher education experience coupled with Anabaptist values. These colleges are rooted in the Anabaptist tradition yet are open to students of all faiths and cultures. The most basic information related to each of these colleges is outlined below.

School Comparison

The table below summarizes some of the key information, such as tuition and location, regarding several colleges and universities providing an Anabaptist higher education experience.

School Name Institution Type Location Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Hesston College Private 4-year (primarily associate's) not-for-profit Heston, Kansas $26,900
Bethel College Private, 4-year not-for-profit North Newton, Kansas $28,540
Goshen College Private, 4-year not-for-profit Goshen, Indiana $33,700
Bluffton University Private 4-year not-for-profit Bluffton, Ohio $32,766
Eastern Mennonite University Private, 4-year not-for-profit Harrisonburg, Virginia $37,110

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Schools

The Anabaptist colleges and universities featured in the table above offer a range of degree and certificate programs set in an Anabaptist environment. These centers of learning are located in the Midwest and eastern part of the country and are all private, 4-year institutions.

Hesston College

Hesston College is located 30 minutes north of Wichita and offers more than 50 academic majors and a small selection of pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. These programs are all taught in an environment which reflects an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. NCES notes that the college had 440 students in 2018, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, and is affiliated with the Mennonite Church. The overall graduation rate for students starting in 2011 was 55%

Bethel College

Bethel College was founded as the first Mennonite college in North America and offers students a spiritual yet scholarly learning environment. As of 2018, there were around 500 students (all undergraduate) and the student-to-faculty ratio was 10:1, says NCES. There are more than 43 areas of study taught at Bethel and students potentially have a choice of 1891 majors provided they partner with two faculty advisors to design their own 'iMajor'. The graduation rate at Bethel was 42% for students who started in 2011.

Goshen College

Goshen College offers prospective students 42 undergraduate major programs delivered from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. While a significant minority of the students belong to the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith (36%), more than 40 religious denominations are represented by the student body which numbers around 900 from 35 states and 23 countries. International students make up 9% of the undergraduate student number. In 2017, 98% of graduates were in employment, school or in service within one year of graduation, according to the school's website. NCES says that the overall graduation rate at Goshen was 72%, for those who began in 2011.

Bluffton University

Bluffton University is located within a few hours of Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio. In 2018, the student number totaled 739 undergraduates and 76 graduate students who were enrolled in more than 85 academic programs. The college delivers a higher education experience in the Anabaptist tradition, as evidenced by its affiliation to the Mennonite Church. The graduation rate at Bluffton was 51% for students who started in 2011, according to NCES.

Eastern Mennonite University

Established as a small Bible academy of the Mennonite Church, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) now offers students over 50 programs of study. While many students adhere to the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith, in excess of 60 religious denominations are represented on campus. The student body comes from 37 states and more than 50 countries (4% of undergraduate students are international). In 2018, the student body numbered around 1500, and the graduation rate was 63% for those who started in 2011, says NCES.

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