How to Apply

Luther College allows students the opportunity to apply for admission under a non-binding Early Action admission process. By applying Early Action, students will receive a decision within three weeks following the appropriate Early Action deadlines, and will also receive priority scholarship and financial aid consideration. Early Action is a non-binding admission process, which means applicants still won't need to finalize their decision until May 1, but receiving earlier information on admission and scholarships does allow for students to make their final college decision earlier in the process.Following the Early Action II deadline of January 1, Luther will continue to admit students on a rolling weekly basis, and will do so each week until the class is full.

  Early Action I Early Action II Regular Decision
Priority Deadline 10/15/2019 1/1/2020 1/15/2020
Admission Response Beginning 11/1/2019 1/15/2020 1/22/2020
Decision Date 5/1/2020 5/1/2020 5/1/2020

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.

Five Application Steps

  1. Complete our online application or The Common Application.
  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.)
    • Beginning with the entering class of 2020, Luther College will allow students to submit self-reported test scores for admission purposes. You may submit an unofficial copy of your test score, or inform us of your composite ACT or SAT scores with all corresponding subscores and test dates as a way to fulfill this requirement. An official score must then be submitted prior to enrollment.

What Happens Next?

Once we’ve received your application, essay, transcript, test scores (official or self-reported) and educator’s reference, your file is complete. You can expect to hear from us within three weeks of the Early Action deadlines, or within two weeks once regular decision begins January 15.

If you are accepted and decide to attend Luther, we require a $300 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 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.