Bethel College is the name of a Cumberland Presbyterian college in McKenzie, Tennessee. It was founded in 1842 in McLemoresville, Tennessee as Bethel Seminary, becoming Bethel College in 1850, and given a state charter in 1847, making it the first college on this page to use the name "Bethel College." There was a brief time during the American Civil War that the college was closed but it was reopened as a co-educational institution in 1865. The college relocated in 1872 to its current campus in McKenzie. In 1906 when the Union (a church governing body) closed all ten Cumberland Presbyterian colleges, only Bethel reopened, becoming as it remains, the only Cumberland Presbyterian college. Bachelors and Masters degrees are available through Bethel College. The sports teams are nicknamed the Wildcats and the Lady Wildcats.
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