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Bethany Lutheran College is a 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.

Bethany at a Glance

Bethany Athletics is part of NCAA Division III and includes 17 varsity programs. Excellent athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, three athletic fields, tennis and racquetball courts, fitness rooms and an indoor track.

Bethany loves to get creative! Browse our programs in art, music, theatre, and speech. Check out the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center and our other arts facilities.

On our beautiful 50-acre campus, there are 11 buildings, including many great places for the arts, athletics, academics, worship, and more! Bethany's residential students occupy four residential buildings.

In 1911, Bethany Ladies College opened with 44 students and four faculty members. In 1927, the Norwegian Synod (later known as the Evangelical Lutheran Synod) purchased the college and operated it as a two-year co-educational junior college until 2001. Since 2001, Bethany has been a baccalaureate-granting institution.

BLC is a Christian liberal arts college owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and committed to the teachings of the Bible as expressed in the statements of faith known as the Lutheran Confessions.

Bethany is located in the heart of Mankato, Minnesota, a welcoming, friendly, and safe community of just over 50,000 residents. Mankato includes a variety of shopping spots including a large mall. Coffee shops, gift stores, and antique shops add a unique flavor to the downtown area. The Verizon Center, just one mile from Bethany, hosts concerts, entertainment acts, and sporting events. Mankato also has numerous lakes, rivers, trails, parks, golf courses, and ski areas. Additionally, all of the exciting cultural and entertainment opportunities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are just 80 miles away. Learn more about our Mankato Community.

Gene Pfeifer is the current President of Bethany Lutheran College.

Read more about Bethany's President, Board of Regents, and other leadership.

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Discover Bethany

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Admissions Apply OnlineAdmissions StaffVisit BethanyCost and Financial AidGraduate ProgramEarn College Credit in High SchoolInternational Student Admissions Bethany. Values. You. Expert professors, coaches and directors eager to

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The Bethany Lutheran College Alumni Office is your connection to Bethany! We organize alumni events, keep you informed about what’s going on at Bethany, and

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Bethany provides a variety of programs, classes, and extracurricular activities that allow students to explore and develop their artistic talents. The campus gallery hosts regular

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The Bethany Vikings are an NCAA Division III team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Our give students numerous opportunities to excel athletically. About compete

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Bethany Profiles

Get to know Bethany a little better by learning more about the great people that are our faculty, staff, and alumni! Looking for a specific

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Campus Facilities

Bethany is a beautiful place to learn, and for our residential students, it’s a great place to live too! Check out our campus facilities here

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Clubs and Organizations

Bethany has numerous opportunities for students to get involved and have fun outside the classroom! These clubs and organizations are generally student-led with a faculty

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Group Visits

Bethany is excited to host your group, no matter the size, 2 – 200! Whether you are looking for just a one-hour tour or an

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Media Gallery

Photo galleries, video, and webcasts are a great way to see inside a day in the life of Bethany Lutheran College. See pictures and recordings

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A rich tradition in music is reflected in the number of activities available for student participation. Four choral groups, four bands, a chamber orchestra, and

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Residential Life

Fall 2022 Move-In Information Welcome to your home for the year! New and returning students should sign up in advance for a move-in time (click

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Spiritual Life At the heart of Bethany’s mission are Christian faith and values. A college education at Bethany is not just about mastering equations, conducting research,

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The Bethany Mascot

Get to know Halvar: Birthday: September 27 Favorite Color: Bethany Red! (#c41230) Favorite Hymn: ELH 211, “Built on the Rock” Dream Vacation: Visit the Alexandria,

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Every Bethany student has the opportunity to audition for an acting role or to join a production crew. The theatre department produces several performances each

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Visit Bethany

Personal Visits 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., Mon–Fri. Schedule a personalized tour & chat with a professor, coach, or director. Open Houses Hosted on weekends, visitors


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