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Bethany Lutheran College is a private, residential, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Makato, Minnesota. The college is owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a conservative Protestant Christian denomination founded in the United States in the late 1800’s. According to its mission statement, Bethany Lutheran College is “committed to the teachings of the Bible as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions.”

Bethany Lutheran’s history dates back to 1911 and the founding of the Bethany Ladies College. In 1927, the school was purchased by the Norwegian Synod (later to become the Evangelical Lutheran Synod) who operated it as a coeducational high school and junior college until 1969 when the high school department was closed. In 2001, Bethany granted its first baccalaureate degrees.

Today, Bethany Lutheran College has an undergraduate student enrollment of 577 and a full-time and adjunct faculty of 71. The college awards Bachelor’s degrees in 19 majors. Additionally, Bethany Lutheran offers courses of study in eight pre-professional programs, as well as a secondary education licensure and a coaching certificate. Bethany students can also take advantage of the school’s semester-long and summer study-abroad programs. Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Bethany Lutheran’s campus is situated on fifty acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in southern Minnesota. Students worship on campus at Trinity Chapel. The campus also features seven academic buildings, five residence halls, a sports and fitness center, four athletic fields and six tennis courts. Almost three-quarters of Bethany students choose to live on-campus. Students can participate in art and theater programs, intramural sports, student senate, and over a dozen other clubs and organizations. Involvement in community service and volunteerism is encouraged through the Paul Ylvisaker Center for Personal and Public Responsibility.

Bethany Lutheran’s varsity sports teams, the Vikings, compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

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