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.
The mission of Bethel University is to offer an accessible education, whether in person or through technology mediated methods, to the diverse learning community. The mission encompasses the goal of offering the opportunity to each individual to develop to the highest potential intellectually, spiritually, and socially in an environment that fosters Christian ideals of reverent spirituality with respect and inclusion of all members of the community.
Bethel University creates a learning community which:
individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs.
opportunities for individuals to contribute to the University and to other communities in a variety of ways.
human dignity and ethics that are consistent with the Christian tradition.
inquiry and the examination of values, self, and society.
individuals for the life-long pursuit of knowledge in a complex and constantly changing world.
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.Learn More About Our History
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
Since its founding in 1842, Bethel University has been affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.