Bethany Lutheran College: Narrative Description

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700 Luther Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-6163
Tel: (507)344-7000
Free: 800-944-3066
Admissions: (507)344-7320
Fax: (507)344-7376
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Lutheran, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1927. Setting: 50-acre small town campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $33.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7361 per student. Total enrollment: 568. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 380 applied, 82% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 52% from top half. Full-time: 541 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 27 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 13 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 4% 25 or older, 77% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; communications/communication technologies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.4 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.2 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $20,698 includes full-time tuition ($15,456), mandatory fees ($260), and college room and board ($4982). College room only: $1852. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $660 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $130 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 8 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Paul Ylvisaker Center, BLC Scholastic Leadership Society, SIFE Students In Free Enterprise, Lutherans for Life. Major annual events: Parents and Family Weekend, Christmas/Holiday Services and Activities, Snow Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 500 college housing spaces available; 417 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Memorial Library plus 1 other with 72,392 books, 23,266 serials, 4,628 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $324,038. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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