How to Apply

Apply by December 1 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!

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 two weeks of the November 1 Early Action deadline, 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 deadline, Luther will continue to admit students on a rolling weekly basis, and will do so each week until the class is full.

  Early Action
Regular Decision
Priority Deadline 11/1/2020 11/15/2020
Admission Response Beginning 11/15/2020 11/22/2020
Decision Date 5/1/2021 5/1/2021

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. For students applying for admission in fall 2021, standardized test scores will not be required. Learn more about our test-optional policy here.
    1. For students who plan to submit a test score, please 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.)
    2. Luther College also allows 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.
    3. All students are eligible for academic merit-based scholarships regardless of whether or not they choose to submit a test score.
  3. 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.)
  4. Submit an essay. You can write a new one or submit something you’ve already written.
  5. Request that your high school guidance counselor submit your high school transcript to us.

What Happens Next?

Once we’ve received your application, essay, transcript, test scores (optional) and educator’s reference, your file is complete. You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of the Early Action deadline, or within two weeks once regular decision begins November 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.