How to Apply

The Intersections program is designed for highly talented and self-motivated students who want to explore big ideas through an approach to learning that emphasizes the value of "intersections"—of people, cultures, approaches, and methods—as part of their liberal arts study.

Entering students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school will be invited to participate in the Scholars Colloquium in the fall semester of their first year. Other students may be nominated by a Luther faculty member to participate in the spring. 

First-year students interested in exploring the full Intersections curriculum also may enroll in a specially designed first-year seminar, Intersections 185: Great Debates, without application.

Beyond the first-year courses, students must apply to participate in the Intersections program. Students who have successfully completed a first-year Intersections course may apply simply by sending their name, expression of interest, and student ID number to the Director of College Honors (at [email protected]). Other students may apply using the following process:

To Apply:

  1. Complete the application. Be sure to attach the one-page essay about your interest in the program.
  2. Ask a professor to submit a Faculty Recommendation Form to support your application. Download the recommendation form, complete the top section, and take it to the professor. You may request up to two recommendations.
  3. Submit your application to the dean's office.
  4. Applications are accepted at any time. However, in order to facilitate registration for courses, please note: In the fall semester, applications received by October 31 will receive priority attention. In the spring semester, the priority date is April 10.
  5. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be processed as quickly as possible to facilitate registration, but may not be completed before individual registration times.