#18 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Bethel University

McKenzie, Tennessee

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Bethel University overview
Location McKenzie, Tennessee
Online bethelu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Cumberland Presbyterian
Bethel University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, established in 1842, is a private Christian university offering undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong emphasis on liberal arts and professional studies. The university is situated in a tranquil, rural setting approximately 120 miles northeast of Memphis. Bethel's campus features a blend of modern and historic facilities, reflecting an architectural harmony that suits its countryside milieu. Bethel provides on-campus living options in residence halls, fostering a close-knit residential college experience. The university's academic portfolio is broad, with notable programs in fields such as nursing, business, and criminal justice. Application to Bethel University is moderately selective. While the university does offer an array of varsity sports teams, known as the Wildcats, it is not predominantly recognized for its athletic programs at the national level.

In the most recent statistical year 2,489 prospective students applied, and 2,210 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 456 enrolled in the school.  2,551 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,135 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $16,222 plus fees of $1,260. Bethel is ranked 1002 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bethel is rated within the lower 23% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Bethel University overview
SAT 928/1130
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

Bethel University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bethel University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,260
Room and Board $13,446
Budget for Other Expenses$1,200
Total One Year Cost$33,328

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

32% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bethel University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 78%
Education 5%
Biology 3%
Health Professions 3%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2%

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