Bethel University is pop-up (temporary) community university created by the Bethel Revitalization Initiative (BRI) in Bethel, VT. During the month of March each year, anyone can teach a course on any topic under the sun. And anyone can take courses for free.
In our first five years, we’ve grown from an experimental project to a region-wide attraction, drawing more than 1,000 participants each year from towns across Vermont… and beyond!
Classes are held in public spaces, businesses and homes throughout Bethel. Our “professors” have ranged in age from 4 to 84, and our class topics include everything from bread baking to astrology, construction to grant writing.
Bethel University is created by the community, for the community. It is run completely by volunteers and supported by donations and small grants.
In 2013, the Bethel Revitalization Initiative asked people what they imagined for Bethel, and someone wrote “BU.” No one knew what that was, but our team came together to create it.
Less than six months later, Bethel University opened for its first semester. Since then, BU has helped to bring the community together, showcase the many talents of community members, help small businesses reach new customers, allow people to meet new friends and neighbors, and encourage more people to visit Bethel and discover all that we have to offer.
We invite you to:
- Follow this site to receive news about BU in your email inbox (look for the black box in the lower left corner)
- Watch this video documenting the project
- Follow the Bethel Revitalization Initiative on Facebook
- Sponsor BU with a donation of cash or materials
- Volunteer and help keep BU great!