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:
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Bethany Lutheran College serves 579 students (95.34% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
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Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 31%.
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Bethany Lutheran College is one of 2 community colleges within Blue Earth County, MN.
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The nearest community college is Rasmussen College-Mankato (2.16 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 54 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
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 teachers 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 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 579 students 1,294 students
Bethany Lutheran College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
21:1
Bethany Lutheran College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 552 students
822 students
Bethany Lutheran College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 27 students
1,025 students
Bethany Lutheran College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Bethany Lutheran College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Bethany Lutheran College American Indian/Alaskan (2009-2013)
% Asian
1%
2%
Bethany Lutheran College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
3%
7%
Bethany Lutheran College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
3%
12%
Bethany Lutheran College Black (2006-2013)
% White
85%
57%
Bethany Lutheran College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Bethany Lutheran College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
3%
3%
Bethany Lutheran College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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. 0.15 0.53
Bethany Lutheran College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $24,080 is more than the state average of $5,660. 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 $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $24,080 $5,694
Bethany Lutheran College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $24,080 $10,252
Bethany Lutheran College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 513 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100%
89%
Bethany Lutheran College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 75%
80%
Bethany Lutheran College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
ACT Composite Avg. 24
20
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Composite (2006-2013)
ACT English 24
19
Bethany Lutheran College ACT English (2006-2013)
ACT Math 23
19
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.

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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 70%. 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 0.50, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.