Our mission is to create opportunities for adult learners to develop their intellectual capabilities through academic coursework and application in order to attain their success and the success of those they represent.
History of the Institution
Established in McLemoresville, Tenn. in 1842, Bethel University has greatly surpassed the expectations of its founders.
Chartered by the State of Tennessee in 1847, Bethel began as a seminary for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the purpose of training young male pastors for the growing denomination. It was not until the college moved to McKenzie in 1872 that it first began to admit women as students.
Enrollment grew exponentially with the introduction of the Success Program in 1997. Designed to help busy adults complete a bachelor’s degree in Management & Organizational Development, the college began offering classes that met one night per week at the McKenzie campus. Today, Bethel offers classes at seven campus locations across the state of Tennessee, including Paris, Memphis, Jackson, Clarksville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.
In October 2007, Bethel introduced its online Master of Business Administration degree, which quickly became the number-one Executive MBA program in the state of Tennessee. Soon after, in 2009, Bethel expanded its offerings to provide a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership completely online. 2009 also marks the year that Bethel’s institutional growth made it possible for the college to become a university.
Bethel University is now comprised of three colleges, with a multitude of on campus and online programs.
Bethel University is chartered by the State of Tennessee. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.
Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bethel University.
IMPORTANT: Transfer of StraighterLine courses to Bethel University is guaranteed only for students enrolled with the College of Professional Studies. Those students enrolled with other Bethel programs, including the College of Arts and Sciences & College of Health Sciences, are not able to transfer SL courses directly to Bethel.