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Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

bethany Admissions

If you want to apply to bethany, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

bethany Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of bethany's admissions stats.

bethany 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Mean SAT Score 1056
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 59%
Waitlist No

Bethany Lutheran College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bethany Lutheran College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes July 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to bethany?

bethany does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bethany Lutheran College Admissions

Is bethany Hard To Get Into?

Getting into bethany is moderately difficult. bethany evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, bethany accepted 61% of students, approximately 439 of the 714 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like bethany, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Bethany Lutheran College

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to bethany

bethany has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into bethany?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at bethany

What does bethany consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Interview Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with bethany for more information on admission factors.

bethany 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to bethany, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with bethany's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.4 3.2

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into bethany?

Students admitted to bethany have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 41% submitted a class rank. At bethany 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 32% were in the top 25% and 65% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bethany Lutheran College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 7%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 17%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 18%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to bethany directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

bethany considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

bethany is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 9% of bethany's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 59% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for bethany?

To be competitive with other bethany applicants, you should strive to score between 1000 and 1130 (or higher!) on the SAT. At bethany 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1130 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a bethany student is 1056.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of bethany students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of bethany students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for bethany?

To be most competitive at bethany, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for bethany's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for bethany students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Bethany Lutheran College

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to bethany.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in bethany during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

bethany Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to bethany?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to bethany.

Does bethany accept transfer credits?

✅ bethany accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. bethany accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does bethany accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ bethany accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to bethany?

❌ No, bethany is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is bethany's acceptance rate?

✅ bethany's acceptance rate is 61%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at bethany?

❌ bethany does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About bethany?

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bethany Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into bethany? bethany is a somewhat selective institution. The bethany acceptance rate is 61%. This means that the institution accepts 61 out of every 100 applicants.


bethany Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to bethany is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to bethany is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

bethany SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1130


Math SAT Range

500 - 590


Reading SAT Range

450 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1130 and Above


1000 to 1130


1000 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for bethany students is 1056. Applicants with SAT scores of 1130 and above have a good chance of being admitted to bethany, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1130 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at bethany.

bethany GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At bethany, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.51. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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