Bethel University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Bethel University has a rich history that dates back to 1842 when it was founded as the Bethel Male and Female Institute in McLemoresville, Tennessee. In 1847, the school was renamed Bethel College and Academy and moved to its current location in McKenzie, Tennessee. The school began offering degrees in 1854 and became a four-year college in 1868. In the late 1800s, Bethel University expanded its curriculum to include a preparatory department and music department. The school continued to grow throughout the early 1900s with the addition of new buildings and programs such as a library science program, teacher education program, engineering program, and business administration program. By 1950, the university had become one of the largest private universities in Tennessee.

In recent years, Bethel University has continued to grow both academically and physically. In 2007, the university opened a new campus in Nashville which offers degree programs for adult learners as well as traditional undergraduate programs. Additionally, Bethel has added several new academic programs including an MBA program launched in 2008. The university also boasts several state-of-the-art facilities such as a sports complex with an indoor track & field facility; an outdoor track & field facility; two baseball fields; two softball fields; tennis courts; basketball court; soccer field; sand volleyball courts; an outdoor swimming pool; an indoor swimming pool; fitness center; student center; library/learning center; chapel/auditorium building and more than 50 classrooms across campus.

Bethel University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Bethel University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Bethel University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Bethel University is a private university located in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has an acceptance rate of 73%, which is slightly higher than the national average. The average SAT score of admitted students is 1160, and the average ACT score is 24. The majority of accepted students come from the Midwest, but Bethel also accepts applications from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries around the world. In total, Bethel enrolls over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Bethel’s student-faculty ratio is 14 to 1 and more than 95% of classes have fewer than 30 students. The university offers approximately 80 undergraduate majors and minors as well as more than 60 graduate programs across its four schools: Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences & Professional Studies, Business & Technology, and Education & Human Services. In addition to traditional on-campus programs, Bethel offers online degrees in over 20 fields for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking a more flexible learning option.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 80%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 80%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 2,065
Female applicants 1,288
Male applicants 777
Applicants accepted 1,655
Female applicants accepted 1,055
Male applicants accepted 600
Freshman enrollment 563
Female freshman enrollment 346
Male freshman enrollment 217
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 35
Students accepting place on wait list 35
Students accepted from wait list 5

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 74%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 99%
Average high school GPA 3.5
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.3-3.9

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores N/A
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Critical Reading score breakdown N/A
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: N/A
SAT Math score breakdown N/A
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 95%
Average ACT Composite score 25
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 22-28
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 21-28
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 22-29