Bethany Lutheran College

Tel: (507)344-7000
  • 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 Asian), 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 is Rasmussen College-Mankato (2.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 51 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
Bethany Lutheran College(MN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPublic
Total Faculty51 staff51 staff
Bethany Lutheran College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 531 has declined by 13% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 73% over five years.
Total Enrollment531 students1,302 students
Bethany Lutheran College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio10:130:1
Bethany Lutheran College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students500 students768 students
Bethany Lutheran College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students31 students534 students
Bethany Lutheran College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bethany Lutheran College Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Bethany Lutheran College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Bethany Lutheran College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bethany Lutheran College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bethany Lutheran College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bethany Lutheran College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Bethany Lutheran College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Bethany Lutheran College Non Resident (2007-2015)
% Unknown races
Bethany Lutheran College Ethnicity Breakdown MN All Ethnic Groups 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.0.260.45
Bethany Lutheran College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,600$35,800
Bethany Lutheran College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $24,450 is more than the state average of $16,283. The private state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$24,450$16,283
Bethany Lutheran College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%89%
Bethany Lutheran College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$25,000$15,511
Bethany Lutheran College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$7,600
Bethany Lutheran College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate78%78%
Bethany Lutheran College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
ACT Total Avg.7171
ACT Composite2424
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English2424
Bethany Lutheran College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math2323
Bethany Lutheran College ACT Math (2007-2016)
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
  • 3,387 students | 2.80 Mi1920 Lee Blvd
    Mankato MN  56003
  • 216 students | 56.00 Mi7905 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 100
    Eden Prairie MN  55344
  • 9,539 students | 56.20 Mi9700 France Ave S
    Minneapolis MN  55431
  • 763 students | 59.20 Mi1401 W 76 St
    Minneapolis MN  55423
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For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,979 per year for in-state students and $7,514 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,283 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 83%. 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 0.45, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.