Admissions Timeline

International Students and U.S. Students Abroad Admissions Timeline

In early January each year, the International Admissions Committee begins the process of reading over 600 files of international students and U.S. students living abroad who are applying for the August intake period (the preferred intake at Luther since this is the start of the academic year). The Committee reads files in January and February with the goal of making the first admissions offers in early March. Therefore, students who are interested in beginning in August for Fall Semester are encouraged to complete their files during the preceding January or February. After the first admissions decisions are made in March, files are then read as they become complete and offers are made until the class is full.

For some students, it may be more convenient to begin at Luther midyear, either for January Term or Spring Semester. This is particularly true for students from countries where the educational calendar is significantly different from the U.S. school calendar. We do, therefore, allow students to begin midyear.

For consideration, all completed admissions and financial aid documents must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Early Action: January 5 deadline (for notification by February 5; non-binding)
  • Regular Decision (for Fall Semester beginning in August): March 1 priority deadline
  • Regular Decision (for Spring Semester beginning in February): November 1 priority deadline

Students may apply regular decision after the priority deadline and will be considered on a space-available/financial aid-available basis.