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Tips for Prospective Parents


You've coached your child through countless decisions in life. Choosing a college might be their biggest decision yet. As a parent or family member, it's tough to know how to help and when to get involved. Below are a few Bethel parent stories and a quick checklist of what you can do to support your student during the college search!

Parent Stories

Read Bethel parent stories and hear about the Bethel experience in their own words.

Checklist for Supporting Your Student

High School Freshman and Sophomore

  • Encourage your student to connect with the high school guidance counselor.
  • Begin exploring options together and make a big list of possibilities and priorities.
  • Ask your student to connect with schools they're considering.
  • Encourage your student to start a resume of high school involvements.
  • Pay attention to what they excel at or enjoy and talk about college majors and career choices.

High School Junior

  • Continue researching college options.
  • Encourage good study habits.
  • Keep praying.
  • Help cut the list of schools down to the top 4-5 choices and set up campus visits.
  • Get to know your student's admissions counselor.
  • Make a plan for your student to take the ACT or SAT (Bethel only needs one).

High School Senior

  • It's time for your student to start applying to their top choice schools.
  • Learn more about scholarships and pay special attention application deadlines.
  • Include your student in the financial aid process. Bethel's priority application date is April 15.
  • Encourage your student to attend a Royal Retreat, after acceptance, or schedule an individual overnight visit.
  • When the decision has been made, continue with the next steps for enrolling at Bethel.