Bethany Lutheran College

name = Bethany Lutheran College

motto = "One Thing Needful"
established = 1927
type = Private
faculty = 75 (35 adjunct)
president = Dan R. Bruss, Ph.D.
students = 550 undergraduate
city = Mankato
state = Minnesota
country = USA
campus = Medium town, 50 acres (200,000m²)
colors = Red and white
mascot = Viking
website = []

Bethany Lutheran College, or BLC, is a private residential liberal arts college founded in 1927. BLC is a Christian coeducational college operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The campus of BLC overlooks the Minnesota River valley in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of about 40,000.


Bethany Ladies College opened in 1911 with 44 students and a faculty of four. In 1927, the Norwegian Synod of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church (now known as the Evangelical Lutheran Synod) purchased the campus for dual use as both a high school (Bethany Lutheran High School; closed in 1969) and junior college (Bethany Lutheran College). In 1946 Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (BLTS) began as a department of the college; in 1975 it became a separate institution.

In 2001 Bethany awarded its first baccalaureate degrees, completing a five year transition from its 74-year history as a junior college.


*1911: Bethany Ladies College opens
*1927: Norwegian Synod purchases college
*1946: Seminary opens
*1969: High school closes
*1999: Baccalaureate programs begin
*2001: First BA degrees granted


The Vikings are members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III. They are also members of the National Christian College Athletic Association. The school offers the following sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and volleyball.

External links

* [ Bethany Lutheran College]
* [ Evangelical Lutheran Synod]
* [ Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary]

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