Bethany Lutheran College

Tel: (507)344-7000
531 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 531 students (94% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 25%.
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 51 teachers has declined by 34% over five years.
College Bethany Lutheran College (MN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Public
Total Faculty 51 staff 51 staff

Student Body

The student population of 531 has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has increased from 8:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.43. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 531 students 1,091 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 10:1 33:1
# Full-Time Students 500 students 667 students
# Part-Time Students 31 students 534 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 467 118
% Asian
2%
5%
% Hispanic
3%
4%
% Black
2%
7%
% White
86%
75%
% Two or more races
3%
3%
% Unknown races
3%
5%
% Non Resident races
1%
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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. 0.26 0.43

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $23,270 is more than the state average of $5,693. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $23,270 is more than the state average of $7,741. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $23,270 $5,693
Out-State Tuition Fees $23,270 $7,741
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100% 91%
Percent Admitted 78% 78%
ACT Total Avg. 71
71
ACT Composite 24 24
ACT English 24 24
ACT Math 23 23
Source: 2014 (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
    (507)625-6556
    2.20690
  • 3,387 students | 2.80 Mi1920 Lee Blvd
    North Mankato MN 56003
    (507)389-7200
    2.803,387
  • 216 students | 56.00 Mi7905 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 100
    Eden Prairie MN 55344
    (952)914-5300
    56.00216
  • 9,539 students | 56.20 Mi9700 France Ave S
    Bloomington MN 55431
    (952)358-8200
    56.209,539
  • 763 students | 59.20 Mi1401 W 76 St
    Richfield MN 55423
    (612)861-2000
    59.20763
Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,611 per year for in-state students and $6,242 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,988 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 81%. 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 0.43, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Globe University-Minneapolis. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.