Bethany Lutheran College

Tel: (507)344-7000
579 students
Private not-for-profit
Bethany Lutheran College, owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is a private, residential, liberal arts college committed to the teachings of the Bible as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions. Bethany provides studies culminating in a bachelor of arts degree. The college serves Lutherans and others by offering a challenging, student-centered approach to education that fosters spiritual development, intellectual and creative growth, self-understanding, and responsible citizenship. In keeping with its heritage, Bethany aspires to produce students with a clear understanding of Christian vocation, which calls people to make the most of their God-given talents in whatever walk of life they pursue.
School Highlights
Bethany Lutheran College serves 579 students (95% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 32%.
Bethany Lutheran College is one of 2 community colleges within Blue Earth County, MN.
The nearest community college is Rasmussen College-Mankato (2.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 54 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
College Bethany Lutheran College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Public
Total Faculty 54 staff
61 staff
Bethany Lutheran College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 579 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has increased from 8:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.28 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 86% over five years.
Total Enrollment 579 students 1,315 students
Bethany Lutheran College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
Bethany Lutheran College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 552 students
815 students
Bethany Lutheran College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 27 students
1,061 students
Bethany Lutheran College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Bethany Lutheran College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Bethany Lutheran College American Indian/Alaskan (2009-2013)
% Asian
Bethany Lutheran College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Bethany Lutheran College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Bethany Lutheran College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Bethany Lutheran College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Bethany Lutheran College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Bethany Lutheran College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Bethany Lutheran College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Bethany Lutheran College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.28 0.70
Bethany Lutheran College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $24,080 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $24,080 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $24,080 $5,590
Bethany Lutheran College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $24,080 $10,086
Bethany Lutheran College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 513 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100%
Bethany Lutheran College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 75%
Bethany Lutheran College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
ACT Total Avg. 71
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Total (2006-2013)
ACT Composite 24
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Composite (2006-2013)
ACT English 24
Bethany Lutheran College ACT English (2006-2013)
ACT Math 23
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Math (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is a private, residential, Christian, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1927, owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Bethany is located in the heart of Mankato, whose new tag line 'A little Twin Cities. A lot Minnesota' accurately describes this thriving community of over 44,000 residents. Nestled in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, the city combines the safety and security of a small town with the social and cultural advantages of a large city. The fifty-acre campus of Bethany Lutheran College overlooks the Minnesota River Valley in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of approximately forty thousand people. In 1911, Bethany Ladies College opened with forty-four students and four faculty members, and a mission to educate young women. In 1927 the Norwegian Synod, later known as the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), purchased the college. The ELS operated the school as a co-educational high school and junior college until 1969, when the high school department was closed. Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began in 1946 as a department of the college; in 1975 it became a separate institution. Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Rasmussen College-Mankato
    Private, for-profit
    690 students | 2.20 Mi130 Saint Andrews Drive
    Mankato, MN 56001
  • 3,323 students | 2.80 Mi1920 Lee Blvd
    North Mankato, MN 56003
  • 111 students | 47.80 Mi1200 Shakopee Town Square
    Shakopee, MN 55379
  • 1,045 students | 56.00 Mi7905 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 100
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
  • 9,427 students | 56.20 Mi9700 France Ave S
    Bloomington, MN 55431
Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,340 per year for in-state students and $6,914 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,337 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 74%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Minnesota community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.52, which is equal to the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is The Art Institutes International-Minnesota. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.