Admission

Admissions Procedures

For the most recent information regarding admission procedures and program requirements, please see the BUILD Program admissions webpage, https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/admissions/apply/build/

First-Year Students Applying to the BUILD Program

  • Submit your online application

    • Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted until December 1, 2019.

  • Submit your Transcript/IEP/Evaluation Request Form (pdf) and supporting documents

    • If you have the most recent IEP and Evaluation Report, these can be emailed to build-apply@bethel.edu. Transcripts must be submitted through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

  • Complete a Physical Form (pdf)

    • Through our partnership with the Special Olympics, we use the "Application for Participation in Special Olympics" to prepare students for signing up for SOFfit as part of their Health & Fitness Course. This also allows you to be ready to join Bethel Student Government’s Unified Sports Club and any other Special Olympic sports if you choose to do so.
    • Mail your completed form to the Office of Admissions. This information is also shared with Health and Counseling Services to be sure we have a complete health history on file.

Program Requirements

  • Meet the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) definition of Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Are 18-25 years old when starting the program
  • Have completed high school with a diploma or equivalent
  • Complete a comprehensive application process including an independent assessment and interviews
  • Demonstrate interest and motivation in attending the program
  • Can function with support in a college setting
  • Can articulate and demonstrate faith in God
  • Are able to safely get around campus during class transitions, mealtimes, and other extracurricular activities
  • Have practical reading and math skills
  • Have family support and desire to gain skills for employment and independent living

As part of the criteria for BUILD, students must meet the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) definition of Intellectual Disability (ID) including having a documented IQ score in the 70s or lower and demonstrating limitations in adaptive functioning. 

IQ scores and adaptive functioning limitations are typically documented through either a school evaluation report or medical evaluation. Adaptive functioning limitations are also noted in the BUILD Application Functional Skills Assessment.

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