Harbored in the halls of ivy-covered buildings, the rich history of Bethany College has inspired thousands of students to pursue higher education amidst the scenic Allegheny foothills. Those who have studied here have come to find that this picturesque, 1,600-acre campus has provided them with more than just a diploma-it has enriched their lives.
Founded on March 2, 1840, by Alexander Campbell, Bethany College is the oldest degree-granting institution in West Virginia. Emphasizing intellectual freedom, diversity, personal growth, leadership, and a close academic community capable of cultivating eager minds, Bethany College is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education and producing free-thinking students. In these pages, readers will discover the Bethany of the past-including the vision of founder Alexander Campbell, the inspiration of the Christian Church that supports Bethany's mission, the beautiful historic architecture, the athletic moments that rallied school pride, and the great legacy of alumni and faculty. Accompanied by informative captions, vintage photographs collected from the Archives and Special Collections of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library capture the Bethany experience, offering readers a unique opportunity to celebrate this institution's vibrant history.