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I enjoy the school,AverageCriminal
I enjoy the school, but the teachers that Bethel has working for them are very self absorbed and all they do is threaten rather than helping and like I said the school is good but the teacher are not. I would not recommend Bethel to anyone
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Friendliness: D+, Education Quality: F
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Bethel University is not a real college.Quite BrightMusic Education
Bethel University is not a real college. It is poorly administered and the campus is exceedingly ugly. There are a few new buildings on campus, but the music department, where I spend a lot of time, is hideous. One of my professors has an office with peeling wallpaper from the 80s. There are only a few practice rooms, just one classroom (other classes are held in rehearsal rooms). There is no integrated technology in the classroom, and professors have to bring in projectors, speakers, monitors, etc. It is a joke in this day and age.

There is no music library and the school's main library has very limited access especially on weekends!

The school has had major financial problems. I don't know what happened exactly, but the school has no money. Hence, the poor facilities.

The school has a musical division called Renaissance. They sing pop Christian music mostly. These people are not music majors. They can sing (rather loudly) but know nothing about music. This group's leadership has the run of the school. They are quite arrogant even though they also lack a formal musical education one would expect from a university instructor.

The town of McKenzie and the surrounding area is the most depressing area of the country in which I have ever been. If you want to do anything, you have to drive an hour or more. When I came here, I thought rural life would be a good change of pace. I was wrong. There are no pubs, sports bars, etc anywhere as the school is in a dry county. You can but beer and alcohol in stores, but restaurants cannot serve alcohol. It is sad. Since there is nothing to do, most of the students get stoned and drunk on weekends.

I left Bethel after two years. I couldn't stand it anymore. I wanted a university experience, not a high school extension program. I highly recommend that you avoid this school.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
Friendliness: B, Faculty Accessibility: F
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I was accepted into Bethel after spending threeBrightOther
I was accepted into Bethel after spending three years out of college. Originally I had gone to Austin Peay in Clarksville. I grew up in McKenzie, lived here my entire life, went to the schools here. Mckenzie is a very narrow-minded town, devoid of anything majorly prosperous. In fact, the only real asset to the town is Bethel, which has seemed to face some kind of financial setback for the past twenty years. The only reason Bethel is what it is now (major new building projects, rapid increase in students) is through a huge donation by one woman, who apparently had millions of dollars lying around. The school was never really anything eye-catching. the campus is relatively bland. There is a gazebo in the courtyard, some trees lining the main drive in the front. Structures lack any true architectural genius. I always thought Bethel, a private liberal arts college, would offer a real challenge. But after coming here, I found out that is not the case. It's designed for anyone to pass. The tests aren't very hard. Papers don't require much thought. I switched to an online program that would grant me an associate's degree. I was amazed at how unchallenging the coursework was. It felt like high school. I can say that Austin Peay, a public school, was much more challenging. The irony is that you pay big bucks at Bethel to get a mediocre education. I don't care too much for the Christian emphasis, but the Chaplain is very nice and will do anything for you. The Dean of Students is also a nice person. Bethel is actually a microcosm of diversity. It hosts students from across the nation and many different countries. For such a small school, it does a good job recruiting people from all walks of life and of different backgrounds. One great asset that has transformed Bethel is the Renaissance Program, which is home to singing and theatre talent. However, the students can be quite snooty. The campus is filled with bros: the traditional visor-wearing, big truck driving, hunting types. There is an array of sports programs including bass fishing, bowling, among others. If you aren't a part of Renaissance or play some kind of sport, good luck making friends. The fraternities/sororities don't seem to attract much attention. Many students complain about the business office, citing problems with money. Bethel seems to have a big problem with handling money, but then again, so do I. One neat thing about the university is first-time freshman get a laptop as part of the technology initiative. If you like small town atmosphere, have a knack for singing/performing, and come from a deep pocketed family, then Bethel is the place for you.
1st Year Male -- Class 2013
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