Bethel College has officially changed its name to Bethel University. The vote to change the name passed in April of last year, and the school’s social media accounts for athletic teams, academic departments and other campus groups are in the process of being updated to reflect the change.
Bethel says one reason for the update is that the institution hopes to expand graduate, online and doctoral programs. The name change is an effort to express the full scope of what Bethel has to offer, said officials.
The school’s logo and seal have changed, but the mascot, motto and school colors are the same.
“As we look to our 75th year, Bethel College is excited to transition to Bethel University, a name that better defines who we are now and where we’re going in the future. Simply stated, with bachelor’s, master’s and online programs, and an increasingly international student body, it’s the category in which we fit. Bethel is ready for a name that matches our advancing institution," said Randy Lehman, chairman of the Board of Trustees and a Bethel graduate, in a news release.