Bethany Lutheran College

Hands on learning experiences
Hands on learning experiences
A close campus community allows you to form lifelong friendships
An education strengthened and shaped by experiences at a small college
More than 500 students currently attend Bethany
Personalized education
An average class size of 13
A student/faculty ratio of 9:1
Residential campus; 4 dorms host around 66% of the students
An overview of Bethany’s 50-acre campus
Daily Chapel Services available Monday-Friday
NCAA III athletic opportunities and a variety of intramural sports
A variety of intramural opportunities
NCAA III athletic opportunities

Bethany Lutheran College
Office of Admissions
700 Luther Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

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phone: 507.344.7000
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fax: 507.344.7376
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Programs and Degrees Offered



Bethany Lutheran College, founded in 1927, is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering a challenging, student-centered approach to education that fosters spiritual development, intellectual and creative growth, self-understanding and responsible citizenship. When you enroll at Bethany Lutheran College, your education will be strengthened and shaped by experiences you'll only find at a small college. Our close campus community allows you to form lasting connections with outstanding professors and lifelong friendships with fellow students. At Bethany, your education extends beyond the world of academics. You will receive an education rooted deeply in Christian values with a strong focus on spiritual growth and development.

Bethany Lutheran College at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 532

Student distribution

  • Domestic students: 90% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Black, 2% multiracial, 1% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 1% of total enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Average class size: 13
  • Number undergraduate majors: 20

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: 23; 94% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: 1% of first-year students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.41
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 75%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 66%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $25,300
  • Room and board: $7,770
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 100%

Religious affiliation

  • Evangelical Lutheran Synod


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts

View a list of all majors and degrees or visit Bethany's detailed information.

5 Largest majors:

  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Communication
  • Psychology


41 full time, 31 part time; 54% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Pre-professional programs

  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Seminary
  • Veterinary medicine

Teaching licensure programs

  • K-8 Minnesota licensure with 5-8 specialties in Math, Social Studies, Science, Communication Arts and Literature
  • Secondary education licensure in the areas of Communication Arts and Literature (5-12), Social Studies (5-12) and Visual Arts (K-12)

Certification programs

Coaching certificate

Study abroad programs

Bethany Lutheran College students enhance their collegiate experience through the study abroad program. In recent years, students have studied in Australia, Austria, England, Greece, Spain, Italy, China and Ecuador. With assistance from the study abroad office, students enjoy the flexibility of Bethany's program because the college doesn't limit their options of international destinations.

Internships/career services

Part-time and full-time internships that are closely related to the student's specific career path are required for some majors. Internship opportunities are coordinated through academic advisors.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT. ACT writing component is recommended but not required.

Application deadlines: Jul. 1 for fall enrollment; Dec. 1 for spring enrollment

Application fee (amount): None

Advanced placement credit

Students who score 50 or higher on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or 3 or higher on the Advance Placement Test (AP), or 5 or more on the higher level exams of the International Baccalaureate (IB) are given advanced placement with college credit. In addition, students who have taken college coursework through a postsecondary option program on the campus of an accredited college or university (PSEOP) or at their high school through an accredited college course (CIS) may transfer academic credits with a grade of C or above.

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA)

Bethany requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA for transfer students.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Students must submit an application and transcripts from previous colleges. Jul. 1 deadline for fall enrollment; Dec. 1 deadline for spring enrollment.


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $25,300

Room and board: $7,770

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid from any source: 100%

Financial aid information

Bethany offers a number of merit-based scholarships, as well as activity scholarships. Deadline to apply for activity scholarships is January 31. Priority deadline to apply for financial aid is April 15. FAFSA Code: 002337. More info at

Student involvement

Student organizations

Leadership and service organizations including:

  • Student Senate
  • World Club
  • Paul Ylvisaker Center
  • Scholastic Leadership Society
  • Student Leadership Institute
  • Multi-Ethnic Center
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Pi Kappa Delta
  • Channel 3 News Team
  • Charter "Main Street" Television Broadcasts
  • Academic clubs

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball


  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball (sand and indoor)

Fine arts offerings

  • Choir
  • Band
  • Yearbook (Fidelis)
  • Newspaper (Scroll)
  • Literary magazine
  • Speech and debate
  • Drama/theater

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