Bethany Lutheran College

Bethany Lutheran College

Bethany Lutheran College, BLC, was founded in 1927. It is located on a 50-acre campus near Minnesota River valley in Mankato, Minnesota and is operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The college began as Bethany Ladies College in 1911. In 1927, its campus was purchased by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (then known as the Norwegian Synod) to function both as a high school and junior college (Bethany Lutheran College).

The athletic teams of BLC, which are known as the Vikings, compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in Division III of NCAA and participate in sports like baseball, golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and volleyball. Marvin Schwan (founder of the Schwan Food Company) is a notable alumni of BLC.

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Bethany Lutheran College
700 Luther Dr
Mankato , MN 56001
General Phone: (507) 344-7000

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Bethany Lutheran Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts37English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, sociology, history
Business and Management15business management
Science15biology, exercise physiology, physical sciences, chemistry
Media14communication studies
Education and Teaching11elementary school teaching
Therapy and Counseling10psychology
Fine Arts4fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Religion and Philosophy0religious music

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree9917
Associate's degree121

Bethany Lutheran Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bethany Lutheran had a total enrollment of 611 students (627 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 48%
20-21 36%
22-24 10%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)3%
New York1%

Bethany Lutheran Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 100 %

Bethany Lutheran Room and Board (2007)

Bethany Lutheran offers campus housing for 511 of its 627 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Bethany Lutheran Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bethany Lutheran Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,710
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,710
Room and board $ 5,800
Room charge $ 2,190
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,810
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Bethany Lutheran participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 233700)

Bethany Lutheran Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track309

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year3$56,2490*
Associate professoracademic year14$59,7893$59,431
Assistant professoracademic year12$50,1376$51,199
Instructoracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year30$55,3169$53,943

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

Bethany Lutheran Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
Baseball Upper Midwest Athletic Conference

Bethany Lutheran Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

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

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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