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Occasional Student Application Essay Instructions

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Please prepare a formal one-page essay, which will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. At Bethany, we welcome theological diversity and strive to create a respectful and caring learning environment for all. Please note that your essays will NOT be judged or critiqued for adherence to any certain theological perspective.

Be sure to address each of the following in your response:

  1. How your personal and professional goals relate to your faith perspective;
  2. Your understandings of the church;
  3. Your sense of calling or vocation; and
  4. How you believe a seminary education at Bethany can help you fulfill your goals.


Essays should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using Times New Roman 12-point font. Include your name, date, and the name of the class you are intending to take at the top of the document.


Submission of Your Essay
Email your essay as an attached file in MS-Word (.doc or .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), Open Office (.odt), rich-text format (.rtf), or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format to: admissions@bethanyseminary.edu.


For further assistance, contact:

Tracy PrimozichTracy Primozich, Director of Admissions
     admissions@bethanyseminary.edu      (765)983-1832     or    (800)287-8822   x1832

Katie Shaw Thompson
Master of Divinity

BethanyI have to admit I had no idea how much my cross-cultural trip to Marburg, Germany, would broaden my perspective. By immersing myself in German culture, I learned more about hospitality, theology, global politics, my neighbor, and myself than I thought possible in two weeks.

I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to us by the parish church and our host families. I will forever be grateful for those conversations across the table, across cultural differences, and across language barriers about the things that matter deeply to us all.