Bethany Lutheran College

  • 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 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 27%.
  • Bethany Lutheran College is one of 2 community colleges within Blue Earth County, MN.
  • The nearest community college to Bethany Lutheran College is Rasmussen College-Mankato (2.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Bethany Lutheran College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Minnesota for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 51 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Bethany Lutheran College(MN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPublic
Total Faculty51 staff56 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Bethany Lutheran College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bethany Lutheran College diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment531 students1,302 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio10:130:1
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# Full-Time Students500 students768 students
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# Part-Time Students31 students534 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
467124
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% Asian
2%
5%
% Hispanic
3%
5%
% Black
2%
9%
% White
86%
73%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
% Non Resident races
1%
-
% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.260.45
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,600$35,400
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $24,450 is more than the state average of $16,383. The private state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$24,450$16,383
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$25,000$15,511
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$7,600
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Acceptance Rate78%78%
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ACT Total Avg.7171
ACT Composite2424
ACT English2424
ACT Math2323
Source: 2016 (or 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
    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
    Minneapolis MN  55431
    (952)358-8200
    56.209,539
  • 763 students | 59.20 Mi1401 W 76 St
    Minneapolis MN  55423
    (612)861-2000
    59.20763
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