Bethel University 1

2014 Quick Stats
325 Cherry Avenue

McKenzie, TN 38201

Phone: (731) 352-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
Aug. 4
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (South)

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Bethel University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bethel University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $14,520 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bethel's mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons-- intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically-- in a Christian environment. By the words, "create opportunities," the College offers the means for persons to have choices and options opened before them and to develop the confidence and maturity to choose appropriately. By the term, "learning community," the College extends its mission to all persons who seek development of the whole person and who would choose to pursue this aspiration through Bethel College. The learning community of Bethel College includes undergraduate students in traditional and non-traditional programs, graduate students, faculty, staff, the local community, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. By the term, "whole persons," the College intends that, in the true spirit of the liberal arts education, the undergraduate education encompass all dimensions of the human being, which are in reality inseparable. Intellectual development focuses on the cognitive aspect of the human; cognitive development incorporates analysis, critical reflection, and synthesis of knowledge of multiple disciplines. Social development focuses on the affective and behavioral aspects of the human; social development incorporates the ability to interact and communicate with other humans with civility and tolerance. Physical development focuses on the corporeal aspect of the human; physical development incorporates respect for the body as integral to the cognitive, social, and spiritual dimension of the human experience. Spiritual development focuses on the metaphysical aspect of the human; spiritual development incorporates the ideas of faith, morality, and practice. By the term, "Christian environment," the College draws upon the thought of St. Ignatius that the collegiate environment should facilitate knowledge and contemplation such that actions are based on unbiased reason and reasonable faith.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation Cumberland Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Bethel University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 4. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 4. The application fee at Bethel University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.3%
Application deadline August 4
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 4

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Bethel University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment N/A
Student gender distribution N/A
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Bethel University offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bethel University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bethel University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $14,520 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,164 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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