Bethany Lutheran College

2014 Quick Stats
700 Luther Drive

Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 344-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bethany Lutheran College is a private institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 600, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bethany Lutheran College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $23,950 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Among Bethany Lutheran College's unique features are its small size and Christian atmosphere. Taken together, these features create significant benefits for students' close, personal attention from faculty and staff, numerous opportunities for participation and leadership, a genuinely friendly community, and an environment in which faith is integrated with learning. All classes are taught from a Christian perspective with an evangelical spirit, based on the Bible, as expressed in our Lutheran tradition. Christianity provides the context and backdrop for everyday decisions. At Bethany, every student is regarded as a valued, unique member of the community. Our small size allows for that. Our Christian mission inspires it. Equipping students with certain habits of mind, curiosity, rigor, depth, flexibility is a central aim of the Bethany faculty. You can tell from the personal attention they give to students, from their focus on active learning and critical thinking strategies in the classroom, and from the challenging questions they pose and the encouraging feedback they provide. It's evident, as well, in the enthusiasm they bring to class, which reflects a genuine interest in their subject matter, their students, and the teaching process. Put simply, Bethany professors love teaching. Bethany professors make a point of being accessible; their offices are easy to find, and they often leave the door open to encourage visits from students. You'll see them at chapel, in the dining hall, and around campus; all great opportunities to interact. You'll also find that the Bethany faculty and staff are genuinely interested in your success. Learning at Bethany goes well beyond the classroom. Many students enrich their BLC education through an internship, which will allow you to test your choice of major, apply what you've learned in classes, gain new knowledge and skills, and make valuable connections with people in the workplace. The possibilities for internships are virtually limitless. Another valuable way to enrich your education at Bethany is by participating in a study abroad experience. By studying in another country, you'll expand your cultural awareness and understanding while learning more about yourself and your own culture. Bethany students have engaged in international living and study experiences in a variety of locales, chosen to suit their individual needs and interests. Bethany participates in NCAA Division III athletics in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Students are also involved in outstanding performing and visual arts programs, travel ministry experiences, service learning, student leadership, and more.
Bethany is a residential college, with over 70% of students living on campus; for students in their first two years, that figure rises to 90%. Bethany is located in the heart of Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota, 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. With a combined population of about 52,000, the area offers the conveniences and attractions of a bigger city, yet still maintains a small-town feel. We're committed to making Bethany affordable for students and their families.
Bethany's comprehensive cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is, in fact, the lowest of all of Minnesota's private liberal arts colleges. Another element of our affordability is the financial assistance we provide. Very few Bethany students pay the full cost of their education. If you're like most Bethany students (around 98%), you'll receive financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, loans, or some combination of these.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $37,433,399


When applying to Bethany Lutheran College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.0%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bethany Lutheran College is 10:1, and the school has 75.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bethany Lutheran College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Communication, General; Visual and Performing Arts; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 17%
Communication, General 14%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
English Language and Literature, General 8%

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Student Life

Bethany Lutheran College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 600, with a gender distribution of 47.8 percent male students and 52.2 percent female students. At this school, 65 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 600
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Bethany Lutheran College offers a number of student services including health service. Bethany Lutheran College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bethany Lutheran College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bethany Lutheran College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Bethany Lutheran College, 85.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,652.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $23,950 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,470 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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