Luther College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Luther College

Founded in 1861, Luther College is a small liberal arts institution associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are supported by a robust 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,005 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male/57% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,070
  • Books: $1,040
  • Room and Board: $9,760
  • Other Expenses: $3,015
  • Total Cost: $57,885

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 65%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $28,051
    • Loans: $7,460

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Music, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and English Language and Literature, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 72%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Basketball, Football, Golf, Swimming, Cross Country
  • Women’s Sports: Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field
  • The Luther Norse play in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Overview of Luther College Admissions

Luther College has an acceptance rate of 63%. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Luther College Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/660
    • SAT Math: 540/650
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 23/29
    • ACT English: 22/30
    • ACT Math: 22/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Luther College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Luther College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Luther College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Luther College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Luther College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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