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Campus Life

Because there's more to college than coursework.

College life is much more than textbooks and term papers. At Bethany Lutheran College, we offer opportunities to be involved in a wide array of campus activities, clubs, and programs.

From athletics to the arts, our dynamic campus provides so many ways to learn, grow, and have fun while making lasting memories. We’re confident there’s no better place than Bethany to experience growth on both an academic and personal level.

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Bethany Facts:



of students live on campus


of students play varsity sports


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at home

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What’s the best thing about living on campus at Bethany Lutheran College? The short answer is “everything!” Friendly, comfortable residence halls, a dining center with delicious food options all day long, events every day of the week, and friends who are more like family. 

At Bethany, over 70% of students live on campus. The on-campus experience is all about the people you meet and the time spent with friends both in and out of your room or apartment.

Not only will you live close to other students, you’ll also live minutes away from the many campus resources that encourage academic success and provide opportunities for involvement. 

Residential students build a friendly, supportive community that creates rewarding experiences you’ll remember for years afterwards. Living on campus at Bethany is the best way to experience college life. 

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Dining at BLC

The Dining Center provides a wide selection of meal options from it’s made-to-order grill, rotisserie station, main line with delicious daily features, salad bar, all-day breakfast counter with cereal, waffles, fresh fruit, smothies/shakes, sandwich bar, pizza and soup stations, and multiple beverages to choose from.

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From music, to theatre, to the visual arts, opportunities abound.

The arts at Bethany are for everyone. As early as your freshman year, you can be part of moving musical experiences both in the classroom and the concert hall. Auditions aren’t just for upperclassmen; all students can be part of our concert choir, band, or theatre productions. 

Students wanting additional instruction can take private lessons for vocal and instrumental performance. Personal studio space is reserved for each painting and sculpture student. Powerful, cutting-edge hardware and software is available to every aspiring video artist, animator, or graphic designer. 

These are among the advantages of a smaller college that values and encourages creativity.


• Concert Choir

• Choraliers (lyric theater/performance)

• Concert and Jazz Band

• Chamber Orchestra

• Student recitals

• Private instruction

• Regional and national tours


• Three major productions annually (auditions open to all students)

• Student-directed productions

• Semi-annual trips for Twin Cities professional productions

• Opportunities in light, scenic, makeup, and costume design

Art & Media Art

• Annual tours of New York City art museums

• Biennial trips to Italy

• Student art exhibitions each semester

• Multi-media installation exhibitions

• National design competitions

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Come experience our winning formula: working hard while having fun.

At Bethany we compete at the highest level and treat the game as an opportunity to learn and become the best athletes and teammates possible. 

Our athletes are first and foremost students, while at the same time realizing the dividends gained through athletic competition. Integrity, sense of community, teamwork, sportsmanship, self-respect, self-confidence, leadership, and loyalty all enrich the lives of each student-athlete at Bethany. Our athletic programs provide positive and enriching experiences that balance and reinforce the educational pursuits, academic success, and overall athletic excellence of our student-athletes.

Bethany teams compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, an NCAA DIII member.

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NCAA Division III Athletics




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cultivate body, mind,

and spirit

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Students singing in chapel

From the chapel to the classroom, Christian faith is at the center of a BLC education.

You will learn in a setting where matters of faith are applied to the foundations of science, literature, history, and art, and you will be encouraged to think about your education from a Christian viewpoint. 

Through active discussion on the foundations of our faith as well as present-day issues, a Bethany education will ultimately allow you to affirm and defend your beliefs while growing spiritually. 

Your spiritual well-being is at the heart of our mission, giving you a foundation of truth based on God’s word. Students of any faith background are welcomed and encouraged to further their knowledge of Christianity and to grow spiritually.

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Our Pledge to the Student

Bethany Lutheran College pledges to offer each student the comfort of the Gospel, the true knowledge of our world as revealed in Scripture and reflected in nature, and a personal mentoring relationship in higher education as preparation for a full life of purpose and meaning. 

... and so many other ways

to get involved.

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Find your community.

Being engaged on campus is all about making connections. At Bethany, you’ll be able to pursue activities you love and also have the opportunity to move beyond your comfort zone by exploring new ventures. Our size gives you the opportunity to be involved right away as a freshman. The best part of these opportunities is the encouragement you’ll receive from others who share your passion and eagerness to learn. You’ll enjoy being part of something new and develop great friendships along the way!

On the field or on the screen, hone your talents and find community

Clay Target Student and Coach

The clay target team home for competition and live practice is the Caribou Club in Le Sueur. Virtual simulation competitions and practices take place in an on-campus team room. 

Esports Players

Bethany Esports seeks top-level competitors for varsity and JV teams. Bethany’s esports teams practice and compete in an on-campus, state-of-the-art gaming facility, and recently finished in the top-20 nationally in League of Legends competition. 

Select Clubs and Organizations

• Bethany Activities Committee

• Bethany Business Club

• Law Club

• Cross Terrain Sports Club

• Ultimate Frisbee

• Bethany Association of Student Nurses

• World Club


• National Parliamentary Debate Association

• Pi Kappa Delta

• Red Eye Film Festival

• Speech Team

• Television Broadcasts

Student Publications

• Bethany Scroll (newspaper)

• The Fidelis (yearbook)

• The Inkwell
(literary magazine)

• Write! Club
(student group)


• Center for Intercultural Development and Resources (C.I.D.R.)

• Paul Ylvisaker Center for Personal and Public Responsibility

• Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee

• Student Leadership Institute 

• Scholastic Leadership Society

• Student Senate

Next Steps

Interested in studying at Bethany? Scheduling a campus visit is a great way to see what we have to offer. You can meet professors or sit in on a class too! Contact our admissions office to learn more.