Bethany Lutheran College

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Bethany Lutheran College
Motto "ΕΝΟΣ ΕΣΤΙΝ ΧΡΕΙΑ" or One Thing Needful
Established 1927
Type Private
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Endowment $28.7 million[1]
President Dan R. Bruss
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
For the nearby theological seminary, see Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. For other schools with similar names, see Bethany College (disambiguation).

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.

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

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

  • Secondary Education
    • Communication Arts and Literature (5-12)
    • Social Studies (5-12)
    • Visual Arts (K-12)
  • Coaching Certificate
  • 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.


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 Dan R. Bruss, Ph.D. 2003–2015
10 Dr. Gene Pfeifer 2015-

Notable graduates[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Marvin Schwan's Obituary in the New York Times

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