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About Bethel

College is one of life’s great beginnings. Begin at Bethel University. We are a private, Christ-centered, 4-year university. Our main campus is located in the welcoming community of McKenzie, Tennessee, where a dedicated group of faculty and staff are ready to help you become you.

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Mission Statement

Bethel University’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop in a Christian environment to their highest intellectual, spiritual, and social potential. This includes synchronous and asynchronous modes of education.

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Core Values

Bethel University creates a learning community which:

  • Accepts

    individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs.

  • Offers

    opportunities for individuals to contribute to the University and to other communities in a variety of ways.

  • Emphasizes

    human dignity and ethics that are consistent with the Christian tradition.

  • Encourages

    inquiry and the examination of values, self, and society.

  • Prepares

    individuals for the life-long pursuit of knowledge in a complex and constantly changing world.

Our History

Established in 1842, Bethel University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. Our history is one of upholding traditions and pushing boundaries.

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Regional Accreditation

Bethel University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. For questions about our accreditation, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4907 or (404) 679-4500.

General questions about the accreditation of Bethel University may be addressed to:

Dr. Phyllis Campbell
Chief Academic and Compliance Officer
(731) 352-4046
campbellp@bethelu.edu

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Religious Affiliation

Since its founding in 1842, Bethel University has been affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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