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Bethany College (Kansas)


Bethany College (Kansas)

Bethany College
Established 1881
Type Private
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
President Robert Vogel, Interim
Students 607
Undergraduates 607
Location Kansas, U.S.
Campus Rural, 53 acres (21 ha)
Colors Blue and Gold
Sports NAIA:21
Mascot Terrible Swedes
Affiliations NAIA, KCAC
Website .edubethanylb

Bethany College is a small Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It was founded in 1881.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Traditions 4
  • Notable alumni and faculty 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Bethany College at the turn of the twentieth century

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Connelley, William E (1918). "Carl Aaron Swensson". A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "President’s Office". Bethany College. Bethany College. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Lindquist, Emory (1953). Smokey Valley People: A History of Lindsborg, Kansas. Kempton. pp. 108–110. 


An entrance to Bethany College

Notable alumni and faculty

  • Since 1903, when the “Terrible Swedes” were feared and respected by all opponents, students and alumni have rallied Bethany athletic competition with the “Rockar! Stockar!” cheer.
  • Every year since 1882, Bethany Oratorio Society has presented Handel's Messiah at the college-the longest-running annual performances in North America.[3]
  • The walk from Bethany Lutheran Church. In honor of its founding in the sacristy of Bethany Lutheran Church, students traditionally walk to the church for a welcome service on their first day at Bethany as freshmen. Then, before the baccalaureate services on the day of their commencement, Bethany seniors line up in front of Bethany Lutheran Church for a traditional procession to Presser Hall on campus.
  • The ringing of the bell. When a Swedes athletics team wins conference, they gather in front of Hahn Gymnasium to ring the bell and spread the news to the rest of the campus, regardless of what time of day-or night-it may be.
  • Lift High the Cross. Each year during Homecoming week, Bethany students celebrate the college’s heritage of faith by lifting high a wooden cross in the gazebo. Students sign up for shifts so that the cross is held high during every hour of the week.
  • 352. The number of feet out that the fence is for a home run in Anderson Stadium. 352 is also the place all Swedes baseball fans gather to cheer.
Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas


Bethany College's athletic teams are known as the Terrible Swedes or Swedes. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


Bethany College has 14 academic departments. The school offers majors focused in education, humanities, fine arts, sciences, and social sciences; minors ranging from business and sacred music to theater and art; teaching endorsements for all majors in education; and six pre-professional studies including medicine, law and, physical therapy.


In July 2014, Bethany College announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Vogel as interim president. Dr. Vogel served as president of Wartburg College for 18 years and since retiring as served as interim president at other colleges and universities across the country.[2]


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