Bethel University (Bethel)

325 Cherry Ave, McKenzie, TN

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Bethel University is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in McKenzie, TN, which is a predominantly rural area. The school's Cumberland Presbyterian affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Nearly four thousand students enroll at Bethel University annually.

Areas of study offered at Bethel University include:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to Bethel University. Scores in a range of 16 to 22 on the ACT or 1430 to 1736 on the SAT are recommended to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of about 52% of which only 98% decided to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at

The cost of tuition is nearly $13,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their costs. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Bethel University through the NAIA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Football (NAIA Division II)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates Bethel accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Bethel University is around 6,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 10% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $9,600-$12,000 per year
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $380 to $460 per unit
  • The estimated cost for on campus housing and meals is around $11,000, which includes nineteen meals provided per week

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$11,741
Receiving Student Loans73%$7,207

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Bethel University may provide services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Bethel University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 30%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years11%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2010)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2010)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2012)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bethel is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports belonging to the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Transouth Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Transouth Athletic Conference)
  • Football (Mid-South Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Bethel University for official up-to-date information.

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