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ROAR - Respect, Overcome, Attitude, Responsibility

Welcome to ROAR!


The Bethel University ROAR program seeks to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness necessary to achieve success in college and in life. The staff of the ROAR program are here to help students achieve, succeed, and excel through programs, workshops, and training that will help prepare you for college-level work - both during ROAR Camp and throughout your college days.

Sometimes small is a good thing!

  1. You get small class sizes - no getting lost in a room of 1,000 freshmen all taking English 101! The small class environment will give you a much greater opportunity to ask questions, participate in the discussion, and have a professor who actually knows who you are. 
  2. All teaching is done by professors - no graduate students teaching here. This is good for you because your professors can concentrate more on teaching YOU, rather than on teaching others how to teach.
  3. Your professors are generally more committed to teaching.  At large universities, professors have to publish papers, lots of papers, in order to keep their jobs. Smaller schools usually don't have that requirement, or to that extent.
  4. Your work will be evaluated more carefully. In large universities with large (huge) classes, professors must quickly grade assignments in order to get them returned to the students, so they can't spend much time on any one student's paper. At small schools, the professor will have more time to read your work and offer detailed comments.
  5. You'll have a chance to write more papers. Grading papers is very time consuming and papers are one of the first things to go when an instructor is faced with a large class. This is important because the more you write, the better you get at writing. Employers like job candidates who write well.
  6. You'll have more opportunity for one-on-one contact with your professor. At the big universities, your professor may just be a speck in the distance, someone you would never dare approach. But at small colleges, you will get to know your professors and they will get to know you as well. This comes in handy when you need a reference for a job or for graduate school.
  7. You get the feeling that you count. Large universities can be very alienating places. There it's easy to feel that no one cares about you and whether you learn anything. At most small colleges, they have room to care. 
  8. It's a short walk across campus. If you’re always late or notoriously bad with directions, a small campus can be a plus! You’ll pick up on the ins and outs of on-campus life quickly, and you can rest easy knowing you’ll always be able to get from one place to another in (almost) no time at all.
  9. You will get to know everyone quickly. Naturally, at a small school, there are fewer students. This means you will start to recognize familiar faces almost right away.
  10. It's easy to get involved. You’re able to take advantage of so many opportunities (service learning, Student Government, fraternities, etc.), particularly if you are looking to be a student leader. Also, because there are fewer students, every person’s contribution is more meaningful and adds to the social fabric of the college.

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