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Bethany Lutheran College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Bethany Lutheran College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Bethany Lutheran College Ranked?

2022 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 72 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

BLC landed the #1,185 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 63 colleges in Minnesota, BLC is ranked at #45.

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Is It Hard to Get Into BLC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bethany Lutheran College is a competitive 65%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Learn more about Bethany Lutheran College admissions.

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 11 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 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bethany Lutheran College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Bethany Lutheran College has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 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 46%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

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Bethany Lutheran College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 769 undergraduates at BLC with 633 being full-time and 136 being part-time.

How Much Does Bethany Lutheran College Cost?

The overall average net price of BLC is $16,368. 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 +
$10,038 $12,888 $15,373 $17,900 $21,278

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At BLC, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,966 a year. That adds up to $31,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BLC is 4.5%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from BLC make about $34,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 13% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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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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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 18 $33,993
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 11 NA
Music 10 NA
General Biology 9 NA
Communication & Media Studies 9 $29,250
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 8 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7 $39,909
General English Literature 6 NA
General Psychology 6 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 4 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 278 students took at least one online class at Bethany Lutheran College. This is an increase from the 256 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 278 75
2018-2019 256 105
2017-2018 285 108
2016-2017 185 104
2015-2016 561 43

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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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