Direct Entry Program into Nursing Major

High-achieving high school students have the opportunity as first-year students to be directly admitted into the Luther College nursing major. For the direct entry program, the department of nursing will admit up to 10 students for the fall semester each year.


Direct entry admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Minimum 27 composite on ACT or, SAT critical reasoning and mathematics combined score of 1220
  • Minimum GPA of 3.80
  • Minimum science reasoning score of 25 on the ACT or a minimum 570 mathematics score on the SAT
  • No deficiencies in the minimum high school course requirements of:
    • four years of English
    • three years of mathematics
    • three years of social science
    • two years of natural science (including one year of laboratory science)

Deadline and Notification:

To be considered for direct entry your application must be received in the Admissions Office by January 2.

Notification of acceptance of direct entry into the nursing major will be mailed out during the first week of February. Qualified students not offered one of the 10 direct entry positions will be placed on a wait list by the Admissions Office. Should space become available, offers will be extended to wait-listed students.

NOTE: Students not offered one of the direct entry positions can still apply to the nursing major during the fall of their first year at Luther College.

Additional Requirements:

Students admitted to the nursing major through the direct entry option must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for courses taken at Luther
  • Receive a minimum grade of C in all required courses for the major
  • Repetition of course required for the major no more than once
  • Repetition of a total of no more than two courses required for the major

Decisions affecting the continued progression in the major after admission to it are made at the end of each semester. Students must continue to meet all admission requirements. Additionally, a minimum grade of C is required for all nursing courses as well as satisfactory completion of the clinical components. No nursing courses can be repeated more than once.