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Bethel University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in McKenzie, Tennessee. The location of Bethel is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

27 Undergraduate Degrees
$20,069 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
94% Acceptance Rate

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Bethel University Rankings

Bethel is ranked #4 out of 47 schools in Tennessee.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bethel.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is Bethel University?

Location of Bethel University

Contact details for Bethel are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 325 Cherry Ave, McKenzie, TN 38201
Phone: 731-352-4000

How Do I Get Into Bethel?

You can apply to Bethel online at:

Admission Requirements for Bethel

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bethel?

94% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
5% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 94%, Bethel is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 5% of students accepted to Bethel submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 490. Math scores were between 460 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bethel University  ( 430 to 490 )

SAT Math Scores for Bethel University  ( 460 to 550 )
Bethel received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 20. Composite scores were between 16 and 21.

ACT English Scores for Bethel University  ( 15 to 21 )
ACT Math Scores for Bethel University  ( 16 to 20 )
ACT Composite Scores for Bethel University  ( 16 to 21 )

Can I Afford Bethel University?

$20,069 Net Price
84% Take Out Loans
11.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bethel is $20,069. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bethel, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $5,730 a year. That adds up to $22,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bethel is 11.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Bethel University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,638 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,358 undergraduate students at Bethel, with 1,638 being full-time and 720 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bethel

There are also 761 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,638 full-time undergraduates at Bethel, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bethel

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bethel University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bethel Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 462
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 820
International Students 89
Other Races/Ethnicities 226

Geographic Diversity

Tennessee students aren't the only ones who study at Bethel University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 26 countries are represented at Bethel. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada.

Online Learning at Bethel University

2,438 Took All Classes Online
3,439 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Bethel. In 2017-2018, 3,439 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bethel has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 17th most popular in Tennessee for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Bethel

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bethel University was -7.4%. This is the #1,777 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bethel regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bethel ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bethel.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #427

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bethel University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 27 27
TOTAL 27 27


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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