Bethel College?s retention rate up slightly from previous years

The student retention rate from fall to spring semester at Bethel College was 92.9 percent, according to Shirley King, dean of enrollment services. For residential students, the rate was 94 percent.

?This strong showing tells us that students are very satisfied at Bethel College,? says King. ?The rate for residential students is particularly important to us because one of Bethel?s central features historically is that we have been a residential campus.?

This year 63 percent of the Bethel population is residential.

The retention rate for 2000 is up slightly from previous years. Last year the overall retention rate between fall and spring semesters was 91.9 percent.

Recent results from the Student Satisfaction Inventory, a national survey of private colleges and universities, put Bethel above the national satisfaction norms in all 11 categories.

Categories include areas related to academic advising and programs as well as student services.

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