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Bethany Lutheran College is a private, Christian, university-level American institution. Its 20 hectare campus is located just outside downtown in the safe city of Mankato, Minnesota, overlooking the Minnesota River Valley.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of faculty to student ratio of 11:1 and an average class size of 15, students enjoy close, personal attention from faculty, hands-on learning, and a genuinely friendly environment, enabling students to reach their full potential for employment or graduate school.

Popular major programs include business, media arts, engineering, computer science, biology, and chemistry.

Bethany offers a high-quality, affordable education, with academic scholarships and campus work-study jobs available. International students matriculate in a unique program during their first year, which includes a three-week summer orientation course before the start of the semester, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as needed, and mentorship. Students at Bethany enjoy living in the comfortable on-campus dormitories and eating in the cafeteria. Mankato’s public transportation system is low-cost, and you can take the bus to the many stores and restaurants on Madison Ave.

Bethany students have an excellent track record in getting accepted into top graduate schools in the United States. Over 89% of Bethany graduates have been admitted to their first-choice graduate school program.

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Why Bethany?

Bethany could be a perfect fit for you to earn your Bachelor’s degree from an American accredited university-level institution. Are any of these qualities in a college important to you?

We have developed a comprehensive international student program to help ensure our students’ success on their way to earning a four-year bachelor’s degree in the field of their choice.

Before and after you arrive at Bethany, our international student services center can help you in a variety of ways, including:

  • Helping you obtain your I-20
  • Assistance with personal and cultural adjustment issues
  • Facilitating any travel abroad and reentry to the United States
  • Facilitating employment authorization
  • Facilitating extension of legal stay in the country

Students in classEnrolling in a university level institution after full-time language school or a couple years of American high school can be a big transition. Our three-week, three-credit August course is designed to bridge that gap. International students have a chance to get settled and dig into their studies in a course titled “ENSL150 Orientation to American Higher Education”. By the time the fall semester begins, students are familiar with their new surroundings, university culture and expectations, and can begin the semester with confidence.

The three-week program also provides valuable input to help students enroll in their fall courses at the appropriate level. Bethany offers an additional six credits of English support during each semester to meet students’ needs. Students in this program also enroll in courses with American students and stay on schedule to graduate in four years. See our English proficiency requirement section for details on how we support students at a variety of proficiency levels. Our goal is to set you up for success.

Students walking by Old Main and talkingBethany is a safe, Christian environment. According to the annual official U.S. government security statistics, Bethany has had ZERO criminal offenses, hate crimes, or arrests on record since 2011 when the reporting begins. We encourage you to compare these numbers with other institutions you are considering. You will feel physically safe here at Bethany. Learn more about safety and security on campus.

Bethany is a small college and we see that as our strength. With just 641 students and a student:faculty ratio of 11:1, you’ll be greeted by caring faculty and staff who know your name. Friendly Information Technology Services staff are ready to help you with your technology. Opportunities abound for participating in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and more. For our size, we are very well-resourced. We care about our students at Bethany!

Bethany’s World Club supports international students and sponsors a number of cross-cultural learning opportunities. We would love for you to come and be a part! World Club helps all students at Bethany to learn more about each other, including our cultures, backgrounds, and traditions.

Beautiful campus, perfect location

Regional map showing Bethany Lutheran College's location in south central MinnesotaLocated in the charming and safe community of Mankato, Minnesota, Bethany is perched atop a large hill overlooking the downtown and the Minnesota River. Our beautiful campus is comprised of modern academic buildings, meticulously maintained dormitories, spacious greens, tall trees, and exceptional athletic facilities for all students.

Mankato is located 90 minutes south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). New students arriving for the first time are welcomed at the airport and transported to campus by a Bethany representative. With a population of over 50,000, Mankato has many of the resources of a big city, without the traffic issues and other big city problems. See campus maps.

Minnesota enjoys four distinct seasons of weather—summer, fall, winter, and spring.

Summer (June-August): If you arrive in August, you will enjoy our warm summer temperatures, typically between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

Fall (September-November): As the fall semester begins, the trees will change color from green to beautiful reds, purples, oranges, and yellows, and the temperature will drop to a cooler 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

Winter (December-February): When winter rolls around, snow will fall and provide an elegant cover on our evergreen trees. Temperatures during this time of year are cold, so bring along a coat! One nice amenity to take advantage of at Bethany during colder days is the tunnel connection between academic buildings, so you don’t necessarily need a coat to go to class!

Spring (March-May): In March, spring begins, temperatures begin creeping back up to melt the snow away.

Bethany provides hands-on learning experiences.

Bethany has optimal resources for hands-on learning in your major field or discipline, to give you opportunities to apply what you have learned. For example, our Communication and Media Arts departments have state-of-the-art facilities that allow students to film and produce television broadcasts that have won national awards. Our engineering sciences program students have constructed catapults, instruments, and even boats! Whatever your major, Bethany wants you to be applying what you learn so that you have real world work experiences prior to earning your degree.

Preparing you for top graduate school programs

Many students desire to go to graduate school after earning their Bachelor’s degree. Admission into a reputable American graduate program in any field of study is competitive, and requires a quality undergraduate education.

At Bethany, we have an excellent track record in making this dream a reality for students who want to get into a leading graduate program. Over 89% of Bethany graduates have been admitted to their first choice graduate school program.

Examples of top graduate schools nationwide into which our recent graduates have been accepted include:

  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • New York University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Florida
  • University of Minnesota
  • Marquette University
  • Florida State University

Financial Aid

89 %
Full-Time Students Receiving Some Type Of Financial Aid
$ 6 M
Financial Aid Awarded to
Bethany Students

English Proficiency

International students seeking admission to Bethany Lutheran College need to meet English proficiency requirements. You must satisfy the requirements of any one of the following tests: TOEFL: 60; IELTS: 5.5; Duolingo: 90; SAT: 1000

How to Apply to Bethany Lutheran College

For Spring 2020 Enrollment:

  • October 31, 2019: Application deadline (Apply Online)
  • November 15, 2019: Tuition deposit deadline
  • November 30, 2019: Registration deadline
  • December 23, 2019: Payment deadline
  • January 6, 2020: Spring Semester classes begin

For Fall 2020 Enrollment:

  • April 30, 2020: Application deadline (Apply Online)
  • May 15, 2020: Tuition deposit deadline
  • May 31, 2020: Registration deadline
  • June 30, 2020: Payment deadline
  • August 25, 2020: Fall Semester classes begin

Bethany is looking for students of high character and high academic achievement. All prospective students who are non-U.S. citizens must show evidence of past academic success. To consider your application, the international admissions department will review the following items, which you may begin gathering if they are already available to you:

Educational Records

  • High school transcript (or college transcript for transfer students)
  • Copy of any certificate or degree obtained

Test Scores

  • Results from TOEFL, IELTS, or another approved English proficiency indicator.
  • If the student is from an English-speaking country, then official ACT or SAT scores shall be evaluated instead of English proficiency test.
  • For students transferring from another US college or university, the test requirements may be waived pending review of official college transcripts.

Other Application Requirements

  • One letter of recommendation
  • Certificate of financial responsibility and supporting documents (bank statement)
  • Passport copy

If you have been admitted to Bethany, you will need to complete the following important steps before you are able to enroll in classes:

  • Pay the USD $150 tuition deposit. You can use FlyWire as a low-cost way of sending your tuition payments to Bethany internationally. Please contact us if you have questions about FlyWire or making payments to us.
  • Housing Form
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  • A statement of health from your doctor (including current immunization records)

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