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IPEDS ID: 219718
OPE ID: 00348000
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Bethel University
325 Cherry Ave, McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
General information:  (731) 352-4000
Website:  www.bethelu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,686 (4,038 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Weekend/evening college
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services, Fall 2022
3% or less
High school students enrolled in college courses for credit, 2022-2023
960
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Cumberland Presbyterian
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty136114
Instructional136114
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
Tuition and fees$17,010$17,482$17,482$18,1683.9%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2887.3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Food and Housing$9,368$9,368$13,446$10,537-21.6%
Other expenses$4,620$4,620$1,200$1,92060.0%
Off Campus
Food and Housing$9,368$9,368$13,446$10,537-21.6%
Other expenses$4,620$4,620$1,200$1,92060.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other expenses$4,620$4,620$4,620$4,6200.0%
Total Expenses2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
On Campus$32,198$32,670$33,328$31,913-4.2%
Off Campus$32,198$32,670$33,328$31,913-4.2%
Off Campus with Family$22,830$23,302$23,302$24,0763.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2023-2024
Tuition$13,392
Fees$0
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Participates in a Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2022-2023
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid127693%————
Grant or scholarship aid26690%$2,772,481$10,423
Federal grants16656%$735,376$4,430
Pell grants16455%$704,487$4,296
Other federal grants5820%$30,889$533
State/local government grant or scholarships18864%$759,120$4,038
Institutional grants or scholarships17659%$1,277,985$7,261
Student loan aid18763%$1,033,568$5,527
Federal student loans18763%$1,026,568$5,490
Other student loans(*)0%(*)(*)
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number awarded aid and total and average amounts of aid awarded are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Degree/certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid11,63476%$21,326,423$13,052
Pell grants1,02547%$4,853,724$4,735
Federal student loans1,26959%$8,535,674$6,726
Non-degree/non-certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid11,08296%$1,538,938$1,422
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2020-20212021-20222022-2023
Average net price$16,139$13,858$20,606
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2020-20212021-20222022-2023
$0 – $30,000$14,612$13,705$22,495
$30,001 – $48,000$16,737$10,448$21,013
$48,001 – $75,000$18,939$13,563$21,838
$75,001 – $110,000$20,960$14,903$21,825
$110,001 and more$18,853$15,003$19,450
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for Food and Housing and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment4,686
Undergraduate enrollment4,038
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment950
Graduate enrollment648
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 59%
Part-time: 41%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 29%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 54%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
U.S. Nonresident: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 65%
25 and over: 35%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 80%
Out-of-state: 19%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 27%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 45%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 26%
Part-time: 74%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 100%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2023-2024): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2023
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,3181,3301,988
Percent admitted97%96%98%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%18%9%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2023 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT1013%
ACT40258%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing300475525
SAT Math325500575
ACT Composite162024
ACT English161924
ACT Math162024
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 56%
Part-time students: 27%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 15 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 35%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 1%
Received an Associate's degree: 33%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 13%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 30%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 44%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 1%
Received an Associate's degree: 60%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 36%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 3%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 3%
Received an Associate's degree: 6%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 16%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 9%
Received an Associate's degree: 16%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 21%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 26%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 18%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 9%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 20%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 50%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 13%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 24%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 48%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 23%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 49%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 25%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 47%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2022-2023
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
AssociateBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General---17-
Environmental Biology---19-
Category total---36-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Business/Management--00-
Business Administration and Management, General-0d-179-
Business/Commerce, General0-117-0
Customer Service Management--17--
Management Information Systems, General--00-
Organizational Leadership---75-
Category total00d1342540
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Recording Arts Technology/Technician---4-
Category total---4-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology--0--
Category total--0--
Education
Biology Teacher Education---4-
Education, General----0d
Elementary Education and Teaching---33-
Music Teacher Education---16-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching---6-
Special Education and Teaching, General---0-
Category total---590d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General---11-
Category total---11-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer---0-
Health and Wellness, General---0-
Physician Assistant----147
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies---0-
Pre-Pharmacy Studies---0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse---85-
Category total---85147
History
History, General---15-
Category total---15-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration----56
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies--9265-
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management--065d-
Category total--92130d56
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies--650-
Category total--650-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General---13-
Category total---13-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other---7-
Category total---7-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology---43-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management---14-
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General---0-
Category total---57-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Christian Studies---5-
Category total---5-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General---0-
Category total---0-
Psychology
Applied Psychology---0-
Psychology, General---67-
Psychology, Other---0-
Category total---67-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General---16-
Category total---16-
Social Sciences
Sociology, General---9-
Category total---9-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music---2-
Category total---2-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General---11-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General---9-
Music Management---0-
Music Performance, General---2-
Music Technology---1-
Category total---23-
Grand total00291793203
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2022-2023
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 85
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 11
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 29
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,147
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,470
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,509
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 93%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NAIA Division I
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
Baseball28
Basketball1619
Bowling1113
Football91
Golf75
Soccer3928
Softball24
Swimming117
Tennis68
Track and Field, Outdoor1112
Track and Field, X-Country810
Volleyball14
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1952)12/12/2028
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (04/21/2010)12/31/2025
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsPreaccredited since ((!)10/26/2012)TBD
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/143145.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape002
d. Fondling001
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery010
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary225
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence331
c. Stalking740
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.310
b. Drug abuse violations111
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.300
b. Drug abuse violations6822
c. Liquor law violations41810
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape002
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery010
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary124
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence221
c. Stalking410
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.210
b. Drug abuse violations100
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.200
b. Drug abuse violations5815
c. Liquor law violations41810
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%3.5%9.8%
Number in default072233
Number in repayment1,6942,0502,359
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)