Bethany Lutheran College

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Bethany Lutheran College
Motto "ΕΝΟΣ ΕΣΤΙΝ ΧΡΕΙΑ" or One Thing Needful
Type Private
Established 1927
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Endowment $43,614,000 (as of 2014)[1]
President Gene Pfeifer
Academic staff
75 (35 adjunct)
Students 600 undergraduate
Location Mankato, Minnesota, USA
44°09′59″N 93°59′27″W / 44.16638°N 93.99087°W / 44.16638; -93.99087Coordinates: 44°09′59″N 93°59′27″W / 44.16638°N 93.99087°W / 44.16638; -93.99087
Campus Medium city, 50 acres (20 ha)
Colors Red and white (athletics also uses black)               
Mascot Viking
Old Main, built in 1911.
Trinity Chapel

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is a private residential liberal arts college in Mankato, Minnesota, United States. Founded in 1927, BLC is a Christian coeducational college operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The campus overlooks the Minnesota River valley in a community of 53,000.


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.[citation needed]

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


  • 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

Licensures, certifications, and pre-professional programs[edit]

  • Secondary Education
    • English (5–12)
    • Mathematics (K-12)
    • Social Studies (5–12)
    • Visual Arts (K-12)
  • Pre-Professional
    • Dentistry
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Seminary
    • Veterinary


Students have the opportunity to participate in various activities on campus.

  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Intramural Athletics
  • Music
  • Scholastic Leadership Society
  • Speech/Forensics
  • Student Activities Committee
  • Student Leadership Institute
  • Student Publications and Communications
    • BLC Studios
    • Fidelis (Yearbook)
    • Inkwell (Student literary magazine)
    • The Scroll (Campus newspaper)
  • Student Senate


The Vikings are members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III. The school offers the following sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men and women's cross country, men and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, volleyball and men's and women's track & field.[citation needed]


Number Name Years Notes
1 Rev. Holden Olsen 1927–1929
2 Rev. Walter E. Buszin 1929–1930 interim
3 Rev. Dr. Sigurd Christian Ylvisaker 1930–1950
4 Rev. Dr. Bjarne Wollan Teigen 1950–1970
5 Rev. Raymond Branstad 1970–1977
6 Rev. Theodore A. Aaberg 1977–1978 interim
7 Prof. Norman Holte 1978–1982
8 Dr. Marvin G. Meyer 1982–2002
9 Dr. Dan R. Bruss 2003–2015
10 Dr. Gene Pfeifer 2015–

Notable graduates[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chronicle of Higher Education Sortable Endowments table by Fiscal Year 2013–2014". NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 29, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Marvin Schwan's Obituary in the New York Times

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