Several Indiana colleges are taking part in the 2014 Independent Colleges of Indiana Tour Program. The effort runs through Wednesday and allows students and families to see eight universities in three days.

June 16, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Bethel College will host a group of 54 high school guidance counselors on Tuesday, June 17 as part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana Tour Program. Other local colleges participating are Holy Cross College, Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame.

The purpose of the annual tour program is to familiarize counselors and other adults assisting students with the college choice and admission process with the range of educational opportunities and settings available to students in Indiana. Each college visit consists of presentations by admissions and financial aid staff, faculty, and students, along with a walking tour of the campus.

“We are excited to participate in this tour and have the opportunity to show counselors what Bethel has to offer,” says Andrea Helmuth, assistant vice president of traditional enrollment. “Not only will they learn about colleges in the area, they'll also have a chance to see the vibrant community that exists in Michiana, which has a lot to offer students.”

The tour program allows counselors to learn about and experience firsthand the variety of private colleges in Indiana, assisting them in their job of helping students find the best college fit. In addition, counselors are able to earn professional development credits (CRUs) from the Indiana Department of Education towards licensure renewal.

Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) is a nonprofit association that represents the state's 31 private nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll more than 87,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor's degrees in Indiana. For more information, visit

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,800 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 10 countries and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Connect with Bethel online at, or via Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (

Source: Bethel College

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