Admissions Requirements

Luther College invites men and women with promise of success in college to apply for admission regardless of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Students may enroll at Luther beginning with the fall, January, or spring term. Those who enroll at mid-year are encouraged to begin with the January term.

Although Luther does not have an application deadline, applications should be received well in advance of the appropriate term.

In order to be considered for first-year admission, the applicant should be within two semesters of graduation from an accredited high school or homeschool, and should complete the following college preparatory coursework:

  • Four years of English (may include one year of speech, communications, or journalism)
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of natural science (including one year of laboratory science)
  • Two years of foreign language study (recommended, not required)

Students looking to transfer into Luther College from another post-secondary institution can find additional information on the Transfer Students website.

Applicants who do not meet these standards will be considered for admission if they submit above-average ACT or SAT scores.

A completed application consists of:

  1. An application for admission (online, Common App, or paper application)
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Scores from the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  4. A reference form completed by the applicant's guidance counselor or teacher
  5. Official academic transcripts from all colleges attended (only required for transfer students)

Complete applications are evaluated by the admissions committee throughout the year beginning in September, and offers of admission are extended immediately following review.

Once a decision to attend Luther College has been reached, the student must submit a $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit to hold their spot in the following year's class.