Test-Optional Policy

For students applying for admission in fall 2021, standardized test scores will not be 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.


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.