Bethany College

Bethany College

Bethany College, popularly referred to as Bethany, was established on October 15, 1881, as a preparatory school. Founded by Rev. Dr. Carl A. Swensson, it was originally known as Bethany Academy. In 1886, it was renamed Bethany Normal Institute, and the name was changed again a year later to Bethany College and Normal Institute. It finally came to be known as Bethany College in 1889. The campus occupies 53 acres in Lindsborg, Kansas.

The U.S. News and World Report rated Bethany as one of the top academic colleges in the Midwest. The college offers degree programs in the arts, education, social sciences, sports management, health sciences, engineering, and business, among others.

The sports teams of Bethany College, nicknamed the Swedes, participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball. The college is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Bethany students also publish a yearbook known as "The Bethanian", and a newspaper called "The Bethany Messenger".

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Contacting Bethany

Bethany College
335 e swensson st
Lindsborg , KS 67456-1897
General Phone: (785) 227-3311

Bethany Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching24education, elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, ...
Science17biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Business and Management13business, business management, accounting, finance, marketing, business and related services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8health and physical education, sports and fitness management, recreation and leisure studies, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling8psychology, art therapy
Liberal Arts7English, general studies, social services, economics, history courses
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and safety
Music4music, music performance
Family and Social Work4social work
Fine Arts3painting, sculpture, ceramics
Medical Administration3public health education
Media1communication studies
Art Studies0art studies, arts management
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy, religion, Christian studies, philosophy and religious studies
Photography and Commercial Art0drawing

Number of programs and degrees for Bethany in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree9851

Bethany Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethany had a total enrollment of 537 students (528 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 57%
Women 43%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 35%
(Foreign Students) 65%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 38%
22-24 14%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
New Jersey1%

Bethany Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Bethany Room and Board (2007)

Bethany offers campus housing for 388 of its 528 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lindsborg, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bethany Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal370500
SAT Math420560
SAT Writing360480
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT17%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT78%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bethany Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,124
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,124
Room and board $ 5,650
Room charge $ 3,075
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,575
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Bethany participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 190400)

Bethany Faculty

Bethany has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track106
Non-tenured and not on tenure track11

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$49,3455$51,698
Associate professoracademic year16$40,8235$37,177
Assistant professoracademic year7$34,8276$36,538
All faculty totalacademic year29$41,13916$41,475

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bethany Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports314475

Bethany Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, Other
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Top 19%Bethany % of degrees in education and teaching

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