Luther College will not require ACT/SAT test scores for fall 2021 admission

April 30, 2020

Due in part to the global impacts of COVID-19, Luther College will not require ACT/SAT scores for admission for students applying for entry in fall 2021. 

            "We certainly want to ease some of the stress students are feeling as it relates to the upcoming college application process," said Derek Hartl, vice president for enrollment management. "This decision was made for a variety of reasons, including the desire to remove barriers for students who may be impacted by canceled test dates or other education disruptions during these times."

            The college's admissions process will continue to place an emphasis on academic achievement (high school transcript), leadership examples, a personal statement and letter of recommendation. Prospective students applying for entry in fall 2021 may choose to submit a standardized test score for consideration, but it will not be required.  

            The admission requirement to include standardized test scores has been the subject of debate for many years. In fact, more than 1,100 colleges and universities do not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores. Luther College is considering making this a permanent change and will use this time to determine if this is the right path for the future.

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