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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

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.

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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 (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Bethel University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Bethel University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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

Dr. Phyllis Campbell
Chief Academic and Compliance Officer
(731) 352-4046

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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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