How to Apply

Luther operates on a rolling admissions cycle, which means we begin accepting students in September and continue to do so each week until the class is full.

You may enroll at Luther beginning with the fall, January, or spring term. If you enroll mid-year, we encourage you to begin with the January term.

Although Luther does not have an application deadline, you should complete your application well in advance of the given term.

Five Application Steps

  1. Complete our online application or choose from one of the following options:
    • The Common Application
    • Luther's Paper Application (Mail to Luther College Admissions, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101)
  2. Ask a teacher or counselor to fill out the Educator's Reference form and send it to us. (A letter of reference via mail or email is also acceptable.)
  3. Submit an essay. You can write a new one or submit something you’ve already written.
  4. Request that your high school guidance counselor submit your high school transcript to us.
  5. Check to see if your ACT or SAT test scores are included on your transcript. If not, ask your counselor to send us a copy. (Or include Luther on your list of colleges when you take the test.)

What Happens Next?

Once we’ve received your application, essay, transcript, test scores and educator’s reference, your file is complete and we will send it to the admissions committee for review. You can expect to hear from us about two weeks later.

If you are accepted and decide to attend Luther, we require a $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit to hold your spot in the following year's class. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 800-458-8437 or 563-387-1287.

Additional Information

Transfer Students: Please visit the Transfer Students page for additional requirements.

International Students: Please visit the International Students Admissions site.

Homeschooled Students: Please review the admissions requirements for homeschooled students.