Bethel College is the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, which this year feature some substantial changes in methodology, were published in the magazine’s August 27 issue and are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Bethel was previously in “Best Comprehensive Colleges,” divided into four regional groups. That category no longer exists — its closest equivalent is “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” — and Bethel is now compared to liberal arts institutions nationwide. Bethel appears in the third tier of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” defined by U.S. News & World Report as those that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education, awarding at least 50 percent of degrees in the arts and sciences. The highest scoring liberal arts schools are ranked in one table, followed by the so-called third- and fourth-tier schools.