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Bethel University was founded in 1842. It’s a small, private Christian college located in McKenzie, Tennessee. The school offers four-year degrees in a variety of majors including Biology, Organizational Leadership, Education, and Information Technology.
Overview of Bethel University-Tennessee (BU)
They also have several graduate programs. The school has a student population of around 4,000 with the majority of students enrolled in undergraduate programs. The school is aligned with the Presbyterian church but welcomes students from all walks of life and all religious backgrounds.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
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BU Tennessee Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Required|
|High School Transcripts||N/A|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|SAT/ACT||Considered but not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Considered but not Required|
|Application Deadline||August 16|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
BU Tennessee Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Here is the cost breakdown for Bethel University, as of the 2020-2021 academic school year:
- Tuition for Full-time Students: $17,010
- Books and Supplies: $1,200
- Room and Board: $9,368
- Other fees: $4,620
- Total Cost of Attendance: $32,198
When it comes to financial aid, 99% of students at Bethel receive some form of financial aid:
- 97% receive grants or scholarships
- 73% receive student loans
The average net price – the amount a student is responsible for paying after grants and scholarships are applied — is $15,612. This amount is usually covered through student loans or by the students themselves.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$15,732|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||99%|
|Room & Board||$9,198|
- Tuition In-State - $17,010
- Tuition Out-of-State - $17,010
- Books and Supplies - $1,200
- Room & Board - $9,198
- Other - $4,620
There are many factors to consider when choosing a college. Location and major options are important, but there are other things to consider as well. Below are some academic metrics for Bethel.
- Retention Rate:
Bethel has a retention rate of 61%. This means that for every 100 incoming freshmen students, 61 students return for their sophomore year.
- Graduation Rate:
The overall graduation rate for Bethel students is 35% within six years. Twenty-six percent graduate in 4 years, and 29% graduate within eight years.
- Student to faculty ratio:
The student to faculty ratio at bethel is solid at 15:1. While some schools have lower ratios than this, some have much higher ratios, so this is a bonus for students who are interested in having easy access to their professors.
When looked at collectively, it seems that the majority of students that start a Bethel graduate. It also indicates that students have the opportunity to form long-term relationships with their fellow students, which can then become valuable networking opportunities upon graduation. And with a decent 15:1 student faculty ratio, students who need extra assistance from their instructors can receive it, but there are still enough students in classes to have valuable discussions and learning experiences. For students who are looking for a small school setting that still allows for diverse learning in a more intimate learning environment, Bethel is a school worth consideration.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||253 Total Graduates / 47%|
|Organizational Leadership||220 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||22 Graduates|
|Accounting and Business/Management||9 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||2 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||171 Total Graduates / 32%|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||153 Graduates|
|Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management||18 Graduates|
|All Health Professions and Related Programs Majors||30 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||23 Graduates|
|Athletic Training/Trainer||5 Graduates|
|Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies||2 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology||16 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General||16 Graduates|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences||15 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||15 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||50%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates from Bethel earn an average early-career salary of $40,500, higher than the national average salary of $37,960. However, that increases to $60,100 by their mid-careers. Bethel students are projected to have a 10-year salary earning potential of $566,530. The net price of a student’s education is $62,488. This indicates that students will earn enough to repay their student loans and still earn enough to live well.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$40,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$56,653|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$60,100|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$566,530|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,167,530|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$62,596|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$503,934|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,104,934|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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