Bethel College McKenzie

Bethel College McKenzie

Bethel College, located in McKenzie, Tennessee, was established in 1842 as Bethel Seminary. It operated under West Tennessee Synod of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was an outgrowth of the McLemoresville Academy. The State of Tennessee granted a charter to the college in 1847. The campus of the college covers 100 acres.

Bethel College offers undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in a variety of programs. The students can choose from majors in subjects such as biology, history, physical education and business administration. There are six academic divisions:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of Education and Health Sciences
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Music
  • Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Division of Social Sciences

The athletic teams of Bethel College, known as the Wildcats, compete in the TranSouth and Mid-South Conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They participate in basketball, tennis, cross country, tennis, volleyball and soccer.

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Contacting Bethel

Bethel College
325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie , TN 38201
General Phone: (731) 352-4000

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Bethel Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management264business management, accounting and management, MIS
Education and Teaching65education, special ed, elementary school teaching, music teaching, history teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine35registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology25physician assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11health and physical education
Family and Social Work7human services
Liberal Arts7English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, history
Science7biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry
Therapy and Counseling6psychology
Religion and Philosophy4Christian studies, religious music

Number of programs and degrees for Bethel in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree682
Bachelor's degree37225

Bethel Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethel had a total enrollment of 2,155 students (2,590 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 56%
Women 44%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 87%
(Foreign Students) 13%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 13%
22-24 9%
25-29 13%
30-34 11%
35-39 11%
40-49 16%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Bethel Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 58 %

Bethel Room and Board (2007)

Bethel offers campus housing for 541 of its 2,590 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of McKenzie, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bethel Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal350490
SAT Math400480
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1620
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT6%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bethel Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 12,242
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,242
Room and board $ 6,926
Room charge $ 2,822
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,104
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 4,150

Financial Aid:
Bethel participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 348000)

Bethel Faculty

Bethel has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1420
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1713

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$66,5590*
Associate professorcalendar year4$59,3622*
Assistant professorcalendar year9$46,6959$63,092
Lecturercalendar year13$24,1648$33,491
All faculty totalcalendar year31$42,08519$51,093

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$51,9734$52,733
Associate professoracademic year5$45,0146$42,957
Assistant professoracademic year2*3$45,807
Instructoracademic year1*8$38,272
All faculty totalacademic year16$47,57021$43,441

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bethel Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-South Conference
Basketball TranSouth Athletic Conference
Baseball TranSouth Athletic Conference
Track TranSouth Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3671107

Bethel Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
History Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Bethel Apart:

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checked Cumberland Presbyterian affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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