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.


Bethany offers 20 majors taught by our 75+ full-time and adjunct faculty. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


On our beautiful 50-acre campus, there are 11 buildings, including 5 residential halls, and athletic facilities including 2 gymnasiums, 3 athletic fields, tennis and racquetball courts , fitness rooms and and indoor track.

Student life

About 70% of our students live on campus. Bethany Athletics is part of NCAA Division III.


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.