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Bethel University Data & Information Overview

108 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
50% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bethel University Ranked?

#1,180 Best Colleges in Nation
#21 Best Colleges in TN
Criminal Justice & Corrections Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bethel University was awarded 108 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice & corrections.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Bethel is ranked #1,180 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bethel held the #1,217 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Tennessee, Bethel is ranked at #21.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bethel?

50% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Bethel University has an acceptance rate of 50%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Bethel.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 447 and 543. Math scores were between 428 and 565.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bethel University  ( 447 to 543 )

SAT Math Scores for Bethel University  ( 428 to 565 )
Bethel received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 21.

ACT Composite Scores for Bethel University  ( 15 to 21 )

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Bethel University Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bethel University is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bethel University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bethel University

55% Freshmen Retention
20% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Bethel University this rate is 55%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  55 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 20% for first-time, full-time students at Bethel, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

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Bethel University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,190 Full-Time Undergraduates
42.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,457 undergraduates at Bethel with 2,190 being full-time and 1,267 being part-time.

How Much Does Bethel University Cost?

$15,717 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
$22,440 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bethel is $15,717. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bethel

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,708 $14,779 $17,690 $18,108 $17,860

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bethel, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Bethel, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $5,610 a year. That adds up to $22,440 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bethel is 9.8%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Bethel Graduates Make?

$40,767 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bethel make around $40,767 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Bethel University make the most money.

Location of Bethel University

Tennessee State
2,190 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Bethel University is a private not-for-profit institution located in McKenzie, Tennessee. The surrounding location of McKenzie is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for Bethel are given below.

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

Bethel University Majors

34 Majors With Completions
565 Undergraduate Degrees
216 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Bethel University. Of these students, 565 received undergraduate degrees and 216 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 208 $46,354
Criminal Justice & Corrections 112 $47,898
Homeland Security 36 NA
Health & Physical Education 16 NA
General Psychology 15 NA
Accounting 12 NA
Nursing 10 $57,927
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 NA
Human Services 6 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bethel University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bethel

65% Take At Least One Class Online
44% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,594 students took at least one online class at Bethel University. This is an increase from the 1,752 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,594 1,747
2019-2020 1,752 1,711
2018-2019 2,046 2,010
2017-2018 3,439 2,438
2016-2017 3,240 2,927

Learn more about online learning at Bethel University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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