Admission Requirements

Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

To be considered for traditional undergraduate admission, first-time freshmen must meet 2 of 3 requirements:

  • A minimum 18 Enhanced ACT Score  OR a minimum 860 SAT Score (combined Critical Reading and Math)

  • A minimum 2.25 GPA

  • Class rank in the top one half of the graduating class

* In addition, each student admitted must have earned the minimum high school units required for graduation. *


Admission Process for First-Time Freshmen

Complete an application for Admission, or use our on-line application. The $30 application fee is payable by cash, check, money order or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. If mailing your application fee, please send it to: Bethel University, Business Office, 325 Cherry Ave., McKenzie, TN 38201.  

Next, have your high school guidance counselor send an Official Transcript to the Office or Recruitment and Admissions
325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, TN 38201

Make sure your cumulative GPA and class rank (if available) are included on your transcript. 

Also, have your official ACT/SAT scores sent to the Office or Recruitment and Admissions
325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, TN 38201

The best way to ensure that the Bethel University Office of Enrollment Services receives each item of the Application file is to have your School Counselor collect the items and mail them directly to our office.

Finally, you must submit immunization records.  Click here for immunization requirements.

If you’re a transfer student, click here

If you're a former Bethel student wishing to reapply, click here.

If you have been accepted for admission to Bethel University and would like to register for classes, please contact your Enrollment Counselor.


Bethel University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs.



To register as a student for Bethel University College of Arts and Sciences, each student must complete or submit the following items on the check list below:


These are the items a student must complete in order to officially register for classes.

  1. Application for Admission

  2. Official High School Transcript

  3. Official ACT or SAT Scores

  4. Official college transcript (if required) 

  1. Transfer Form from last institution attended

  1. $30 Application Fee

  2. If you do not meet 2 of the 3 requirements, 2.25 GPA, 18/860 ACT/SAT, or rank in top half of graduating class, please provide 2 letters of recommendation.

  3. You will be charged a $75 COE course fee if you are entering freshmen. Please be prepared to pay this fee at registration. You also may have additional classroom extra fees.

  4. File the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Bethel’s school code is 003480 and we must be the first choice.  If not, call 1-800-4FEDAID to add Bethel so we will be able to access the FAFSA information for financial aid purposes. The Department of Education has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN with a FSA ID. The FSA ID is a username and password. Please login to If you are a dependent student, your parent also must create a FSA ID. Please bring your 4 digit PIN with you to registration.

  5. Financial Aid verification must be complete prior to registration. If student is chosen for verification, a 4506T form must be completed by student and submitted to IRS. Verification from IRS must be received before a student is complete.

  6. Financial awards must be completed on student’s E-Portal (, ePortal link).

  7. Submit all required immunization records to Chris Esch at or fax 731-352-6804 or  please call 731-352-4291 with immunization questions or concerns. See link for required immunizations:

  8.  It is policy of Bethel University that ALL students attending class on campus must have valid health insurance with the exception of commuters who are not involved in any extra-curricular activities such as athletics, renaissance, or intermural sports. Insurance coverage can be documented by providing a copy of the student’s current insurance card to the Student Insurance Coordinator.  We do not accept out of state Medicaid, short term policies (policies that must be renewed every few months, or is not compliant with the Affordable Healthcare Act), or any policy that does not have coverage in the state of Tennessee.  The policy must have coverage other than the emergency room.  Students are urged to send their cards prior to any registration for it to be verified as an active policy.  If a student does not have an active policy on registration, they will not be able to continue until the situation is worked out.  The students are also automatically enrolled in Bethel University’s comprehensive health plan.  The charge of $1753 will show up on their student account.  If the student has a valid qualifying insurance they can OPT OUT of the charge (Available After April 1).  Please email insurance cards or direct questions concerning insurance coverage or opting out to or call 731-352-6923.

  9. Proof of vehicle registration, proof of vehicle insurance, and Emergency Notification form must be provided to the Office of Security.

  10. Submit housing card (if living on campus) you can retain a card via the internet

  11. $175 Housing Deposit (if living on Campus) The housing deposit must be paid out of pocket prior to or at registration.  The housing deposit will not be taken out of Financial Aid funds or student account credits.

  12. $15 Residence Hall Activity Fee (if living on Campus) payable to Resident Director upon receiving your room key.  Please do not pay this fee in the Business Office.

  13. For information regarding payment plan options, contact the Business Office @ 731-352-4050  or  visit

  14. Sign up for a registration: Thursday, May 25, Friday, June 16, Saturday, July 15, Friday, July 28 and Thursday, August 3.


Before a student will be allowed to participate in the registration process, he/she must be accepted for Admission to Bethel University.Each student must complete each item on this list before the day of registration.Classes start Monday, August 21.


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