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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