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Bethany Lutheran College Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Bethany Lutheran College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors BLC offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bethany Lutheran College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bethany Lutheran College was awarded 16 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

BLC is ranked #687 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

BLC is also ranked #23 out of 37 schools in Minnesota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into BLC?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Bethany Lutheran College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 79%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 5% of students accepted to BLC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bethany Lutheran College  ( 540 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Bethany Lutheran College  ( 520 to 600 )
BLC received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Bethany Lutheran College  ( 20 to 25 )

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Bethany Lutheran College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at BLC it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bethany Lutheran College is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bethany Lutheran College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bethany Lutheran College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at BLC for first-time, full-time students is 39%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  39 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at BLC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 739 undergraduates at BLC with 593 being full-time and 146 being part-time.

BLC Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

BLC scored 59.46 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  59.46 out of 100
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How Much Does Bethany Lutheran College Cost?

The overall average net price of BLC is $16,749. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BLC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,009 $12,332 $12,996 $20,063 $23,411

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BLC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At BLC, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $8,309 a year. That adds up to $33,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BLC is 5.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do BLC Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from BLC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $34,800 in their early years. This is about 13% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Bethany Lutheran College make the most money.

Location of Bethany Lutheran College

Bethany Lutheran College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mankato, Minnesota. The location of BLC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Bethany Lutheran College

Contact details for BLC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 Luther Dr, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-344-7000

Bethany Lutheran College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 38 $32,500
Communication & Media Studies 9 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9 NA
General Biology 8 NA
Music 7 NA
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 7 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 7 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 6 NA
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 6 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bethany Lutheran College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BLC

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 285 students took at least one online class at Bethany Lutheran College. This is an increase from the 185 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 285 108
2016-2017 185 104
2015-2016 561 43
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Bethany Lutheran College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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