Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel, founded in 1842, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 100-acre campus is located in McKenzie, 120 miles from Memphis.

Website: www.bethelu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
4,239
Undergraduate
Students
(55.5%) 2,353 Women
(44.5%) 1,886 Men
1,314
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
62% of 1,573 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.05
SAT Math
460-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
430-490 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20 average
16-21 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$31,570
Tuition and Fees
$16,552
Room and Board
$9,198
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Freshman Award
$11,018
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
184
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

McKenzie Population
5,383
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
29% of all students
Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Wildcat
Sororities
15% of women participate
Fraternities
20% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% Asian
50.9% Black/African-American
2.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.2% White
12.3% Unknown
International Students
1.3% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning
64.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
20.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
48%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Minimally Difficult: Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2  
Science 2  
Foreign Language    
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Recommended August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
325 Cherry Avenue
City, State, Zip
McKenzie, TN 38201
Phone
(731) 352-4030
Fax
(731) 352-4069
E-mail
admissions@bethelu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
62% of 1,573 applicants were admitted
Women
58% of 798 applicants were admitted
Men
65% of 775 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.05
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
460-550 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
430-490 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20 average
16-21 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
0%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
1%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$31,570
Tuition and Fees
$16,552
Room and Board
$9,198
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$4,620
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning -100
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003480
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
Not reported
Found to Have Financial Need
Not reported
Received Financial Aid
136 applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$11,018
Need-Based Gift
Received by 71 (52.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,976
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 38 (27.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,732
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 134 (98.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
Not reported
Found to Have Financial Need
Not reported
Received Financial Aid
Not reported
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Award
Not reported
Need-Based Gift
Not reported
Need-Based Self-Help
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
99%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Religion/Biblical Studies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Local/State Students, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Chemistry, General
  • Christian Studies
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Sociology
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, pharmacy with University of Tennessee, Memphis
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Summer session
Study Abroad
Not offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
184
Part-Time Faculty
141
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 63% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
258,964
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
12
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Physician Assistant Studies

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


McKenzie Population
5,383
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
100 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.5 average low in January, 86.5 average high in September
Rain
121 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
45 mile(s) from campus in Jackson
Nearest Train Station
125 mile(s) from campus in Memphis

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
29% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
75%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Not available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Not available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
night patrols by trained security personnel

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Not offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Wildcat
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x x x x
Cheerleading x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Riflery x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Riflery x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Riflery x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, campus crusade for christ, stea (education), student government association, students in free enterprise (sife), arete
Sororities
15% of women participate
Fraternities
20% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
4,239
Women
2,353 (55.5%)
Men
1,886 (44.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,606
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% Asian
50.9% Black/African-American
2.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.2% White
12.3% Unknown
International Students.
1.3% from 19 countries
Average Age
27
All Graduate Students
1,314

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
64.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
20.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
34.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
34.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
48%
Average Starting Salary
48%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 10%
Arts and Sciences 1%
Education 5%
Other 5%

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