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Estd 1861Established Year

Luther College Decorah Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Luther College is a Liberal Arts College. The college offers 60+ Majors, Minors and 9 pre-professional programs in various disciplines. Areas of study available are Anthropology, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Dance, Social Work, Education, Economics, Religion and Sociology.

  • Completely filled common application including the admissions essay/ personal statement is required.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, from teachers, counsellors or advisors.
  • SAT and ACT scores not required but can enhance the can application.
  • Admission standards at Luther College are very selective. The college look for students who have great academic records and appear capable of successful academic work in the United States.


Application portalCommon Application/College Website
Application FeeNo fee required
Student-faculty ratio11:1
International students180 from 70 countries
Academic programs60+ majors, minors & programs
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring/Early decision: January
Acceptance rate66.9%
TOEFL Score80
IELTS Band6.5

Luther College Admissions Deadlines

Luther operates on a rolling admissions cycle, which means the college accepts students in September and continues to do so each week until the class is full.

Early ActionJanuary 5
Regular decision, FallMarch 1
Regular Decision, SpringNovember 1

Luther College International Admissions

Luther college has 180 international students coming from 70 countries. International applicant can submit through the Common Application including the admissions essay and personal statement.

Admission requirements -

  • Official transcripts.
  • Original or certified copies of secondary school transcripts or mark sheets are also required. (Signed by authorities)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Results of final secondary school examination (school leaving certificate) or results of any national examination taken. (Can be submitted later as well, if not completed the examination).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • SAT or ACT (Optional)
  • A completed, signed and verified International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) indicating the student’s ability to finance travel and study at Luther College.
  • Certified bank statements, parental wage statements and other related financial statements are also required.
  • All documents are required to be submitted in English.

English proficiency requirements -

The minimum scores required for admission are given below -

TestMinimum required score
IELTS6.5 or above

Vis Process for International Students -

  • International applicants are issued Form I-20 from the college.
  • Applicants need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor letter, if applicable
  • Applicants are required to pay an enrolment deposit of $300 to the college.
  • Out of the enrolment fee, $200 is used as the SEVIS I-901 fee, the receipt of which is mailed to the applicants.
  • The form I-20 is then mailed to the applicants to schedule their visa interview.
  • A pre-arrival guide is also provided by the college to the applicants via express mail.

Luther College Undergraduate Admissions

Luther College provides more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors in the field of music, biology, psychology, accounting, environmental science and political science.

Also, Luther College provides 9 pre-professional programs including pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-law and pre-medicine.

The requirements for UG courses are given below -

Where to Apply: Common Application/ Official college website

Application Fee: None

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • High school diploma/transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores (if taken)
  • Counsellor’s recommendation letter-two
  • Results of High school examination
  • Essay

As the acceptance rate of Luther College, Decorah is 63%, the selection can be a little difficult for international students. Applicants are suggested to also take SAT/ACT, and keep their scores much above than the required ones, this will help students to enhance their applications.

Once the application is received by the university, the admission committee will review application on the basis of an essay, transcript, test scores and educator’s reference. The applicant can expect to hear from university about two weeks later.

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