Bethany College is a private liberal arts institution located in Lindsborg, Kansas, established in 1881 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants. The school is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is owned and operated by the Central States Synod and the Arkansas/Oklahoma Synod of the ELCA. As a small, private college, Bethany is able to provide its students with personal attention within a highly engaged and caring campus community. Bethany College has been widely recognized for its academic quality and boasts a strong faculty as well as excellent educational and recreational resources. Located in an area that is known for its rich cultural traditions especially in the fine and performing arts, Bethany College’s Swedish heritage plays a vital role in the school’s traditions, academic life, as well as the physical space on campus.
Academic ProgramsBethany College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The college offers a wide range of undergraduate majors and programs through its several departments, including: Department of Art, Department of Biology & Chemistry, Department of Business, Department of English, Communication, and Theatre Arts, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Education, Department of Foreign Language, Department of Health, Physical Education & Athletic Training, Department of Mathematics & Physics, Department of Music, Department of Psychology, and Department of Philosophy. In keeping with its Swedish heritage, each year since 1999, Bethany College has hosted a Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, in which prominent Swedish citizens serve as visiting professors to the college, helping students to discover “ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States.”
Bethany College offers students a variety of study abroad opportunities, including through the American Institute of Foreign Study, one of the oldest, largest and most respected student exchange organizations in the world. Through the American Institute of Foreign Study, Bethany’s students have the opportunity to travel to over a dozen countries on nearly every continent.
Student LifeBethany College boasts a total undergraduate enrollment of more than 700 students. As a residential college, the majority of Bethany’s students live on campus with housing offered in one of Bethany’s several residence halls or suites, including all-female, all-male, and co-ed dormitories. Each hall is staffed by a Resident Director and several Resident Assistants. Students are encouraged to participate in campus events that are schedules throughout the year in an effort to share common experiences which will strengthen the bond classmates share with their fellow students. A variety of organizations also provide students with opportunities to connect, including campus ministries; departmental clubs; Greek life; honor societies; Swede Government Association and more.
Located in one of the Midwest’s most distinctive communities, Lindsborg is a friendly college town which deliberately seeks to retain and enhance its rich cultural traditions. Both Bethany College and Lindsborg are known especially for their dedication to the arts and music. Downtown Lindsborg features artists’ studios, galleries, craft shops, import gift shops, and other attractions for guests and students alike while Bethany College boasts the oldest oratorio society with continuous, consecutive performances of Handel’s Messiah in the country, having presented Messiah during Holy Week since 1882.