Mankato Universities & Colleges

Mankato is privileged to be home to a number of outstanding colleges and universities, including Minnesota State University at Mankato, Bethany Lutheran College and South Central College

Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University at Mankato is the largest college in town, with over 14,500 students, 150 undergraduate programs of study, and 100 graduate programs.  It was founded as the Mankato Normal School in 1868, and in 1921 became the Mankato State Teachers College. 

Today Minnesota State University at Mankato features over 200 academic student groups, intramural sports, leadership and religious organizations, honorary and professional fraternities and sororities, special interest groups, and a nationally recognized Service-Learning program with more than 2,000 students participating.  It also has an outstanding sports program, with Division I hockey teams, and Division II teams in most other sports. 

Bethany Lutheran College

Bethany Lutheran College is a private Christian college owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and founded in 1927.  With only 600 students, Bethany offers individualized attention to each of its students. 

South Central College

South Central College is Mankato’s local community college, and serves over 5,000 students. South Central offers an A.A. degree, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science,  diplomas and certificates.