Bethel College enrollment is up slightly from fall 2012 but an even more important figure is the significantly higher number of new students (first-time freshmen and transfers).

“The class of 2017 is the largest class in recent memory,” said Todd Moore, vice president for admissions. “It has eclipsed the size of any class since the turn of the century.

“I am pleased with the diversity of the class, as well as the additional number of students who are attending from different parts of the United States,” Moore added.

The class of 2017 includes 10 valedictorians, with 15 percent of freshmen coming from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and 34 percent from the top quarter.

Other characteristics of Bethel’s fall 2013 student body: first-time freshmen come from 18 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas, in addition to Kansas) with three new international students, from China, Manitoba and Sweden; first-time freshmen represent 39 different Kansas high schools; and 25 first-time freshmen are legacy students, meaning a parent, grandparent or sibling has previously attended Bethel.

Bethel’s overall enrollment for fall 2013 is 482. First-time freshmen number 123 and transfers 74. Transfer students come from 15 states.

There are two additional students from Germany, from the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, as part of the exchange program that has been in place since 1951.