About Us

Bethany Lutheran College is a private, residential, Christian, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The fifty-acre campus overlooks the Minnesota River Valley in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of approximately fifty thousand people.

Academics: 19 Majors Enrollment: 577 students Residential: 70%
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1 Faculty: 71 full-time and adjunct Athletics: NCAA Division III



50-acre campus
11 buildings
5 residential halls
2 gymnasiums
3 athletic fields
Tennis and racquetball courts
Fitness rooms and indoor track
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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.
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Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The North Central Association is headquarted at 30 N LaSalle St, Ste 2400, Chicago IL 60602-2504 and can be reached at (800) 621-7440.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation