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BUILD Program

BUILD student is welcomed to Bethel

At Bethel, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore their passions, discover their purpose, and fulfill their God-given potential.

The BUILD program provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities. You'll experience dynamic and encouraging instruction, career-oriented curriculum, specialized mentorship, and on-campus living—all within a supportive Christian environment. 

Create the future you want.

When you graduate from the BUILD program, you'll leave campus with:

  • A Certificate of Applied Studies with a career pathway in arts and communication, business, or human services
  • Increased independence and self-determination skills
  • Internship experience that prepares you for future employment
  • Better social skills and confidence after having an integrated campus experience
  • A foundation for lifelong learning


You'll receive a two-year certificate upon successful completion of required core courses, internships, and electives. 

Student Life

Life at college is more than going to class. Whether it's through residence life or student activities, you'll experience personal growth in your faith and friendships as you prepare for what comes next.

Costs & Financial Aid

Between scholarships, state grants, and vocational rehabilitation benefits, you have options when it comes to paying for school—and our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Schedule a Visit

Take a tour, check out the Dining Center, attend Chapel, or join us for an event on campus. The best way to decide if Bethel is the right fit for you is to experience our community for yourself.

Apply Now

At Bethel, you’ll receive career-focused instruction and specialized mentorship in a supportive, encouraging community. Applying only takes a few minutes, and there’s no application fee.

Recent News

Bethel University Breaks Down Barriers for Student Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities

The work of Bethel coaches, BUILD leaders, and students has led to big changes across NCAA sports. The NCAA has granted eligibility for all students attending an NCAA Division III comprehensive transition program like BUILD to compete as traditional undergraduate athletes.

November 08, 2022 | 9:15 a.m.

BUILD Program Continues Changing Lives at Bethel and Beyond

During National Disability Awareness Month, we're sharing stories of how Bethel's BUILD program has changed the lives of students with intellectual disabilities, their families, and students and employees across campus.

March 28, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

“Living Out Their Dreams”

BUILD, Bethel’s two-year comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual disabilities, launched in 2015 to give students an opportunity to grow more independent and gain skills in a supportive, Christian environment. And today, program graduates are meeting their goals and thriving.

December 02, 2021 | 11 a.m.

“Relationships Built Along the Way”

When Jaran Roste ’21, GS’24 transferred to Bethel in 2018, he had no idea how his life would change over the next few years. The Bethel Royals starting quarterback has grown both on and off the field through his relationships with teammates, coaches, and students in Bethel’s BUILD program. These relationships have even shaped his career path as he pursues his M.A. in Education K-12 through Bethel’s Graduate School.

November 04, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Sibling Team to Launch RecruitABLE, a Job Platform for People with Disabilities

Ben Hernes ’21 and Anna Substad ’19, brother and sister, were awarded $5,000 in grant money to develop their job platform, RecruitABLE, specifically designed to help individuals with disabilities showcase their unique skillsets to employers.

August 10, 2020 | 11 a.m.

Upcoming Events

OCT 12 2024

BUILD Family Dinner

4:30 p.m. The Underground

Please plan to join us for this dinner event for our current students enrolled in BUILD and their families!