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Campus & Student Life at Bethel University Tennessee

Home to about 3,457 undergraduates in 2020, Bethel is a small, private university located in McKenzie, Tennessee. This is a great opportunity for those who would thrive in a charming, small-town atmosphere. Should you tire of the campus however, Bethel offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Bethel can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Bethel Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Bethel University is Affiliated With the Cumberland Presbyterian Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Cumberland Presbyterian faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Cumberland Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

Bethel Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Bethel Disability Services.

Bethel for the Military

While not a "service academy", Bethel does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Bethel Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Bethel for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Bethel University

Bethel offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Bethel University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Bethel University

Bethel has a comparatively small, student body. There were 3,457 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 2,190 (63.3%). Part-time attendance was 1,267 (36.7%).


Bethel University is Ranked #659 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Bethel receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Bethel #659 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Bethel University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Bethel by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Bethel Diversity Guide.

Bethel University Competes in the NIAA

Bethel has a total of 431 student athletes, 264 men and 167 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$8,300,032
Total Expenses (all teams)$8,300,032

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Bethel University Athletics

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