How to Apply

Apply by December 18 and submit your FAFSA by January 1 to automatically earn a $1,000/year grant. This grant will be added to your total financial aid award from Luther!

Four Application Components

  1. Set up an account in Luther's online application or in the Common Application and follow the step-by-step instructions. 
  2. Ask a teacher or counselor to write an educator reference for you. You will provide this person's contact information in the application, and they will be sent a link to the reference form. We also accept letters sent by your reference via mail or email.
  3. Provide an essay or a writing sample
  4. Request that your high school guidance counselor submit your high school transcript to us.

What About Standardized Tests?

For students applying for admission in fall 2021, standardized test scores are not required. Learn more about our test-optional policy.

  • If you plan to submit test scores, check if they are included on your transcript. If not, they can be sent by your high school guidance counselor, or you can self-report by sending an unofficial copy or documentation of your composite ACT or SAT scores with all corresponding subscores and test dates.

All students are eligible for academic merit-based scholarships regardless of whether or not they choose to submit a test score.

What Is the Deadline for Applying?

Early Action: November 1

The Early Action program allows you to receive Luther's first admissions decisions (by November 15) and priority scholarship and financial aid consideration. Early Action is a non-binding admission process, which means you still won't need to finalize your decision until May 1. But if you're ready to make your final college decision early, you will have the complete information you need soon after sending in your application and submitting your FAFSA. 

Regular Decision:

Following the Early Action deadline, Luther admits students on a rolling weekly basis, and will do so each week until the class is full. We recommend applying by November 15 for priority consideration, but we do accept applications later and will accept students if there is space in the class. We send acceptance notifications within 7–10 days after receiving your completed application.

What Happens Next?

Once we've received your application (including your essay, transcript, optional test scores and educator's reference), your file is complete. You can expect to hear from us within 7–10 days.

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. Your deposit is due by May 1. 

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.