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Bethany College
Community is at the heart of everything that makes Bethany College thrive. Rich in...

Bethany College

Lindsborg, Kansas

Community is at the heart of everything that makes Bethany College thrive. Rich in Swedish heritage and shining with Lutheran ethics, the College is a nesting ground for student greatness. Though small in size, Bethany has made a large impact since its founding in 1881.


The Bethany community’s six core values—Integrity, Hospitality, Community, Service Leadership, Sustainability, and Excellence—altogether promote mutual respect and reverence for one another’s calling. The College’s core curriculum, which is structured to help students identify and guide their personal growth, is loaded with interdisciplinary courses that prepare them to approach issues from a variety of perspectives. At Bethany College, students are well prepared to find their purpose and place in the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
775 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
59% male — 41% female
52.4% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
39 full-time faculty
56 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
99% of first-year students live on campus
81% of all students live on campus

School Location

Bethany is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, a friendly college town that prides itself in its vibrant conservation of its Swedish culture and history.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2017

56% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

47.3% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 14%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Other Information

Bethany College is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Partners in Scholarship

The purpose of the Partners in Scholarship Program is to enable students and faculty to cooperate in a mutually rewarding research experience. Through this program, participating student partners engage in a yearlong research study under the supervision of a supportive faculty partner. Many Bethany students have even presented at national conferences with their work from the Partners in Scholarship program.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

Experiential Learning

Internships and job-shadowing experiences are facilitated through the Experience-Based Education program, unique to Bethany College. For nearly 45 years, this program’s emphasis on real-world learning has leveraged the Bethany College alumni and friends network to provide hands-on internships and professional shadowing opportunities for first-year students and seniors alike.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Citizenship


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 90 81 68 14 5 4 2 264

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts have played a central role in the life of Bethany College since its foundation in 1881. From world renowned artists traveling to Lindsborg each year to perform and teach to the longest-running annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Bethany’s rich tradition of musical excellence remains vibrant.

Student Development

Student Development at Bethany College works to provide a complete, well-rounded college experience for students. It enables Bethany College to offer a variety of on-campus events, nearly 40 student organizations, and 6 local fraternities and sororities. Beyond social events, Student Development provides career services and exploration, Campus Ministry, and Counseling and Health Services.

Guest Scholars

The Pearson Distinguished Professorship of Swedish Studies discovers ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. Past Professors include art curator and historian Beate Sydhoff, journalist Arne Ruth, poet and novelist Ylva Eggehorn, theologian Krister Stendahl, anthropologist Brita Stendahl, environmentalist Jimmy Sjöblom, composer Eskil Hemberg, theologian the Rev. Kjell Ove Nilsson, international opera star Håkan Hagegård, expert in interfaith dialogue the Rev. Hans Ucko, specialist in forensic and genetic studies Peter Savolainen, Lutheran pastor and church musician Per Harling, and printmaker and art consultant Jordi Arkö.

Residence Life

Bethany College requires all students to live on campus for all four years and guarantees a welcome community with six different residence halls.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Career Services

The Career Services Office assists students with career and job exploration, job and graduate school search, skill development, on-campus employment, and experiential learning opportunities. Most notably, the Experience Based Education program at Bethany provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on and shadow-based experiences with professionals in different industries in order for students to learn more about specific occupations. Career Services at Bethany also hosts multiple events throughout the year for exploration and job preparation, such as alumni panels, networking events, career and job fairs, résumé reviews, and professionalism workshops.



1,358 total applicants
952 total admissions
279 total freshman enrollment

70.10% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Religious affiliation/commitment
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 440 520
SAT Math 450 540
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 23
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 17 22
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $26,960
Fees $1,000
Total $27,960
Room and Board (on campus) $11,415
Estimated Total On Campus $39,375

Swedish Crafts Program Launched

Bethany College announces the launch of the Swedish Crafts Program. Providing students with an opportunity to learn how to make hand-crafted objects that celebrate the Lindsborg community’s rich history in the arts and Swedish culture,...