Admissions Office

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

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Phone: 563-387-1287

Test-Optional Policy

If you’re applying for admission in fall 2022, standardized test scores are not required.

Luther College believes in a holistic approach in evaluating each student’s application for admission. We consider your classes, grades, academic reference(s), extracurricular involvement, writing sample, and ACT or SAT scores. However, we understand that standardized test scores aren’t always the best indicator of a student’s ability to be academically successful in college. For that reason, submitting your ACT or SAT scores is optional. If you decide not to submit your scores, you will still be eligible for all of our merit scholarships and your application will be given the same level of consideration.

Luther College recognizes that standardized tests are not always a reliable indicator of a student’s ability to be successful in college. By moving to test-optional admissions, the college is striving to create a more inclusive and holistic application review process that better considers all measures of a student’s ability to thrive at a rigorous liberal arts institution.

You should submit the strongest application possible. If you are concerned about your ACT or SAT score, we recommend that you consider applying test-optional so that your application can be highlighted in other ways. The admissions team is here to help you, so please reach out to us at admissions@luther.edu or 563-387-1287 and we will connect you with one of our admissions counselors who can talk through your specific situation.

Both application types include a test-optional section with the question: “Should Luther consider your standardized test scores in the admission process?” If you don’t want us to receive your scores, select “No.”

We are able to make this change for students who have started their application but haven’t submitted it yet. Please reach out to the Admissions Office at admissions@luther.edu or 563-387-1287 and we can make a note in your file that you don’t want your ACT or SAT scores to be considered in your admissions decision.

Yes, If you decide not to submit your scores, you will still be eligible for all of our merit scholarships and your application will be given the same level of consideration.

Admissions Office

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Send Email

Phone: 563-387-1287