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Bethel University Announces Test-Optional Admission

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by Bethel University

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MCKENZIE, Tenn. Jan. 12, 2020 - Due to the limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethel University will temporarily allow a test-optional application process for undergraduate applicants.

Beginning with students who apply for the fall 2021 admission and continuing through spring 2022, Bethel will not require students to submit standardized test scores when applying for undergraduate admission.

The decision comes as the university continues to address challenges students face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With widespread testing cancellations, many students are currently unable to access standardized testing.

Bethel’s holistic admission review process will show students’ preparedness and academic abilities. Waiving the test requirements assures equitable access to higher education for more students.

“We want to ensure that there are no unnecessary obstacles that stand in the way of someone enrolling and earning a college degree,” said Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler. “Making it easier for people to pursue higher education and career goals is a way we can help during this challenging time.”

Applicants will need to notify their enrollment counselor to fill out a test-optional form and provide an official high school transcript for admission. For acceptance into the education program, applicants must submit an ACT test score. Please refer to the university’s general admission requirements.

In addition, admissions counselors will be hosting campus tours Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. with a limited number of slots available. Virtual tours are also offered at 2 p.m. For more information or to schedule a tour, reach out to the admissions team at 731-352-4030 or