Student Guide - Campus Life


Campus Life Objectives

Campus life beyond the classroom is an integral part of the Bethany experience.  We are interested in not only your academic growth in the classroom, but also your holistic development spanning body, mind, and soul. The Campus Life Objectives give guidance to the offerings and operations of all extracurricular areas of the College. 

1) Spiritual Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will increase in knowledge of spiritual issues and have opportunities for spiritual growth.

2) Life and Career Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will be able to identify and utilize their God given talents.

3) Physical Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will increasingly make healthy lifestyle choices.

4) Psycho-Social Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will develop a greater understanding and respect for others (cultures, ethnic groups, and backgrounds different from their own) to assist them in engaging successfully in various social environments.

5) Intellectual Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will have the opportunity [be able] to expand their intellectual development, enhance academic success, and persist toward completion of their degree.

Spiritual Life

As a Christian college, the gospel message of our Lord and Savior is central in all we do at Bethany Lutheran College.  You will be taught from a Christian perspective, as based on the Holy Bible. A Christian worldview is integrated into all aspects of Bethany’s curricular and co-curricular activities.  Students are invited to participate in worship opportunities in Chapel every weekday at 10:00 AM, attend Bible studies, and worship at area churches in the Mankato community.

Please see our Spiritual Life page to learn more about Bethany's focus on faith both in and out of the classroom.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Various Student Clubs and Organizations exist for the purpose of allowing students to enrich their spiritual, academic, experiential, and social lives while on campus.  Students may also create new organizations on campus. A process for becoming formally recognized by the College is available through the Student Senate. If you have any additional questions, you may direct them to the Dean of Students.

Student Senate
The purpose of the Student Senate is to represent the students in all matters of concern to the student body and to serve as a liaison between the students, faculty, staff and administration.  It also formally recognizes and makes funding available to campus clubs and organizations. Elections to the Student Senate take place every fall and spring.

Student Union and Public Spaces

Bethany encourages students to make use of public campus spaces for socializing, meeting, relaxing and recreation.  Spaces that have been designed for such purposes include numerous areas on campus such as in the lounges in Honsey Hall, lounges in the residence halls, the spaces in Luther Hall, the Viking Village, campus green, and recreational/athletic facilities.

Viking Village hours

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Student Union Computer Lab hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Facility Hours

Facility hours are subject to modification at the College's discretion

Milton Tweit Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Honsey Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Luther Hall

Open Daily:  6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Meyer Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Memorial Library

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Old Main

Daily: 24/7 access to students when in session

Sports and Fitness Center

Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Trinity Chapel

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tobacco-Free Buildings

The use of tobacco in all its forms (including e-cigarettes), in keeping with federal, state, and local laws, is not permitted on the Bethany Lutheran College campus except where stated in the following paragraph. The "campus" is defined as all property owned by Bethany, both inside of buildings and outside in common areas, as identified on the campus map found at

Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) may be used within 10 feet of the posted/designated smoking area/signs, on city-owned property adjacent to Bethany, and in personal vehicles parked in accordance with Bethany's parking regulations. Anyone using tobacco products in designated areas is asked to dispose of cigarette butts and other trash in the receptacles provided.

Counseling and Guidance Services

For anyone seeking personal counseling, Bethany Lutheran College has partnered with WLCFS - Christian Family Solutions, which maintains an on-campus counseling center with daily office hours. For more information, see the Counseling Services page.

The campus Chaplain is also available to counsel students seeking spiritual guidance. His office is located in the lower level of Trinity Chapel, TC 111, and his phone number is (507) 344-7312. For more information, see the Counseling Services page.

Health Services

For information regarding the services provided by the campus nurse, regional health care facilities, or vaccinations, please see the Health and Wellness page.

Career Information Services

The Career Center is located in Old Main 240 across from the Registrar's Office. Career Services is available to assist students in determining an academic path to follow and in defining a career choice. Feel free to visit this location or visit with your academic advisor regarding career or internship advisement.

Financial Aid Services

Bethany is committeed to making your education affordable. Students interested in on-campus employment, loans, grants, scholarships, etc. are invited to make their requests through the Financial Aid Office, located adjacent to the Admissions Office.

Parking Services

It is the goal of the college to have convenient and adequate parking available for our students. The college also provides Campus Security services to monitor parking areas and enhance safety for students, staff and visitors. For specific information on parking at Bethany, please see the Parking Services page.

Dining Services

Bethany Lutheran College is committed to providing healthy, nutritious, and quality dining services to our campus community.  Information about meals and meal plans can be found at the Dining Services page.

Meal Times

Modification of Meal Times

Times when the dining schedule is modified (such as immediately prior to breaks, over three-day weekends, or other special events) will be published in advance so that students are aware of the schedule change.  The first meal after any vacation will be served on the evening before classes begin.

Residential Meal Plans/Exemptions from Meal Plans

All on-campus residential students are required to subscribe to the continuous access full meal plan. This plan grants students unlimited daily access to Dining Services during the hours of operation. 

Students living in on-campus apartment-style housing may choose the continuous access full meal plan or select a reduced 5 or 10 meal plan, which allows a student to eat any five or ten meals each week, when regular board meals are scheduled.

Requests to change meal plans must be made within the first ten days of each semester.

Dining Services is able to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions.  It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with Dining Services the need for a specific accommodation.  Requests for an exemption from a required on-campus meal plan will be considered only for a student whose medical doctor, having reviewed menus and methods of preparation, states that the student cannot or must not eat the food at Bethany for medical reasons. It is also required that Dining Services be allowed to attempt to accommodate a student's diet before being granted an exemption for medical reasons. If it is determined that Dining Services is unable to accommodate the medically defined dietary restrictions, the request for exemption will be considered by the Dean of Students.

Off-campus Student Meal Plans

Students living off-campus may purchase a meal plan offered by the college, including the 'continuous access' or 'any five' meal plan.  Please inquire with the Business Office or the Dean of Students for costs. An alternative would be to purchase Flex Dollars, as described below, or simply pay at the door. 

Individual Meal Costs

Individuals not on a meal plan, including guests and visitors, may purchase meals in the Dining Center at the following rates:

  • Breakfast $6.00
  • Lunch/Brunch/Sunday Evening $7.00
  • Dinner/Sunday Brunch $7.50
  • Steak Night/Specials $8.50
  • Late Night $7.00

Flex Dollar Accounts
Flex dollar accounts may be purchased for use in the Dining Center. These accounts are purchased directly from food service and allow the user to carry a balance on their ID card. Every time the user dines in the Dining Center, the appropriate amount is deducted from the Flex balance. The staff at the checker station can inform the user of their current balance.

Flex Dollar accounts will be available for a minimum deposit of $10.00 per transaction and will offer the card-holder a 10% discount for purchases between $10.00 to $99.00, and a 20% discount for purchases of $100.00 or more. These accounts provide convenience and discounting to all that choose to use them.

Take-Out Meals

Take-out meals are available for all students at any time during meal times. If requiring advanced preparation, requests for these meals should be brought to dining services personnel at least 24 hours prior to the time they are needed.  Students may also use the ‘Green To Go’ containers to select food from the dining center and take it elsewhere to eat.  Access to the “Green To Go’ program requires a $5.00 refundable deposit and is good for the entire year.

Dining Center Regulations

  • College ID cards must be presented when taking a meal in the Dining Center.
  • Students will have a grace period of 48 hours to replace a lost ID card. After 48 hours, they may be denied meal service until the card is replaced.
  • Students are welcome to take as much food as they care to eat. They are asked to be good stewards of their food in not creating unnecessary waste.
  • Dinnerware in the Dining Center, other than that provided by Dining Services is not permitted (i.e., large drinking cups).
  • Appropriate clothing is required per state law (shirt, shoes, etc.).

Bookstore Services

The Bethany Lutheran College Bookstore, located across from the Financial Aid Office, provides a number of services including:

  • Sale of all required textbooks for college school work
  • Sale of school/office supplies, Christian reading materials, and greeting cards
  • Sale of a complete line of official college T-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps
  • Sale of stamps, postage, and mailing packages
  • Cashing of personal checks up to $25
  • Faxing services. Pricing for faxing services will be posted in the bookstore.

Bookstore Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Announcement Services

Sources of Announcements
Announcements of importance to students are made in several ways. The Daily Bulletin is emailed to all students on a daily basis and contains information beneficial to the campus community. It is also available online at and on MyBLC. On occasion, announcements are made at the beginning or end of the chapel service, by way of memos placed in every mailbox, via email, or on electronic sign-boards posted throughout campus. Students are responsible for routinely checking their campus email account, as that is the official means for college communication to students. Emergencies can be broadcasted via an emergency notification PA system, email, or mass text message to those who opt in for the service.

Announcements by Students
Students may use the Daily Bulletin for announcements, and may make the submission by emailing with their announcement. Announcements via electronic sign boards must be placed through the appropriate faculty, staff or club advisor.

Students may use designated bulletin boards throughout the campus for announcements. Posters and announcements may not be attached to walls or doors of any buildings on campus. Posters not in congruence with the mission of the college will be removed. 


Student solicitation of any kind (approaching students to purchase items, products or services) is prohibited on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College. All such activity should be reported to the Dean of Students or Campus Security.

Property Insurance

Bethany respects the possessions of all and seeks to protect what rightfully belongs to individuals. It however is the student’s responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their personal belongings. Bethany is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property belonging to students. Please insure your personal property to protect against loss and damage and take precautions, such as locking your doors and not leaving items unattended, to guard against theft. This also applies to student vehicles and their contents.

Keys and Key Fobs

All students are provided an electronic key fob, programmed for access to assigned areas such as the student's residence hall, Old Main Student Union, and academic buildings or facilities as appropriate. Residential students will have a key for their residence and mailbox. Off-campus students are issued a key for their mailbox. If any of these are lost or become non-functional, a student should immediately contact Campus Security at (507) 344-7888 or the Meyer Hall front office at MH 205 (507) 344-7736. In the case of a lost/stolen key or fob, timely notification is required to take necessary security precautions. Failure to notify of a lost/stolen key or fob may jeopardize the safety and property of others. Consequently, failure to report may result in a fine of $100.00 and/or loss of other privileges. The cost for replacement is $20.00 for each fob or key. Replacements will be provided once payment is made with the Business Office.

ID Cards

Students are issued an ID card at the beginning of their first year to be used as long as they are enrolled at Bethany. The ID card is required for meals, library check-out, and other identification purposes. Replacement cost for a lost or stolen card is $10. Payment must be made in the Business Office and then the receipt brought to the Memorial Library for a replacement card. Access to dining services may be denied if a student has not replaced a lost ID card within 48 hours.

Master Calendar/Facilities Calendar

The Event Services Office (OM Bookstore) contains the master calendar of all campus events and maintains the facilities calendar which indicates which buildings or rooms are available. Any organization planning an activity on campus should contact the Coordinator of Campus and Community Events, at (507) 344-7777 to ensure the date, time, and facility are available. Most public events are listed on the Event Calendar.

Lost and Found

A lost and found is maintained by Campus Security in Old Main. Periodic notices will be sent to the campus community seeking the rightful owner of lost and found items. Check with Campus Security or your Resident Hall Coordinator for items lost in the Residence Halls. Any unidentified items will be maintained for the duration of the academic year, at which time the college will dispose of any unclaimed items as it sees fit.

Post Office

Mail arrives on campus in the morning and is usually placed in student mailboxes by 1:00 PM. The Post Office does not deliver mail on holidays or weekends. Students may purchase postage and send packages from the bookstore.

Community Services

County Social Services
Blue Earth County has a number of different human services, including meal programs, childcare assistance, and medical assistance for students without health or dental insurance. For more information call 389-8335 or 389-8319 or talk to the Dean of Students.

Transportation Services

City Transit: The City of Mankato Bus Transit System has a stop close to campus (Marsh & Division intersection - across from Honsey Hall near the soccer field) identified as Route 13. Information regarding schedules, places, and fare rates can be obtained online or with assistance from the Dean of Students.

Airport Transit: Land to Air Express, Inc. is located at 434 Patterson Avenue. They provide transportation to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The building is off Riverfront Drive one block behind Subway. Call 625-3977 or go online for current rates and departure times.

Bethany generally does not provide rides for students to and from the airport or other destinations. We encourage students to seek rides from other students heading in their direction via the bulletin boards located in the main lounges of each residence hall.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides students, faculty, administration, and the larger campus community with the knowledge, skills, and technological resources to learn, teach, work, and excel in an increasingly technological campus and world. For information about Information Technology Services and IT Policies on campus, please see the IT Services page.


Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Memorial Library and take full advantage of the resources found there throughout their college academic life.