Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is a private residential liberal arts college in Mankato, Minnesota
Founded in 1927, Bethany Lutheran College 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.
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.