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About MLC

Martin Luther College is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Formed from an amalgamation of Dr. Martin Luther College (founded in 1884) and Northwestern College (founded in 1865), Martin Luther College opened its doors to the next generation of church workers in 1995.

Choosing a college and a career path is no easy task. With literally hundreds of choices, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and under pressure.

While every institution has its strengths, Martin Luther College is distinctive. We are the WELS College of Ministry. We exist solely to train future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers for the public ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

If you are considering service to the church in one of these capacities, then we are the college for you.

Our Professors

Our 80 faculty members are not only spiritually mature Christians and experts in their fields, but they have also had real parish and school experience. That makes a difference. They understand why you’re here, because they made a similar choice earlier in their lives. As they teach, they help you see how their course content will fit into your future ministry, and they inspire you by sharing their personal ministry experiences.

Our Student Body

Although all our students are here to pursue the public ministry, we don’t attempt to create cookie-cutter graduates. We understand that you have your own unique background and your own abilities and interests, from sports to Spanish to Shakespeare. Knowing this, our professors will mentor you on a path appropriate for you and your future service to the church. Our 11:1 student-professor ratio enables us to give you this kind of personal attention. Our relatively small size also allows you and the other students to become acquainted quickly, and your classmates will soon become your friends—often for life.

“This institution is blessed with faculty and staff members who are exceptionally committed to the mission of preparing students for ministry, who are exemplary in their care for and involvement with students, and who are gracious in their relationships with colleagues.” The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Our Campus

Our 50-acre campus is located on a beautiful wooded hill overlooking the city of New Ulm, Minnesota. About 25 miles from Mankato and 90 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul, we have easy access to big-city venues while enjoying the small-town charm of this Minnesota Star City of 14,000.

The campus includes four residence halls; an academic center; a library and media center; computer labs; a student union with cafeteria, gym, and fitness center; a chapel/auditorium; two music halls with practice rooms; and football, tennis, soccer, softball, and baseball facilities.

The city of New Ulm offers a recreation center with an indoor pool (free membership to MLC students), an ice arena, a movie theater, a golf course, a bike trail, stores, and restaurants to provide off-campus entertainment. Additionally, Flandrau State Park provides campgrounds, hiking trails, and a filtered swimming pond.

Life on the Hill

Because we have a single purpose—preparation for public ministry—the campus family is united by shared goals, a sense of community, and a vibrant campus culture: one based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and marked by spiritual growth, service, and mission-mindedness. Daily chapel, religion classes, Bible studies, and service projects provide opportunities to worship, to learn, and to serve.

Admission to MLC

Entrance Requirements for all students:

  • An ACT score of 20 or higher
  • A high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • The completion of these high school courses:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Mathematics
    • 2 years of Social Studies
    • 2 years of Electives

Additional Admission Preference for students in Pre-Seminary Studies:

  • 3 years of Religion
  • 2 years of Music
  • 2 years of a Foreign Language


Studies in Educational Ministry

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Staff Ministry

Pre-Seminary Studies

Seminary Certification

Program Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Education

Campus Family

  • 700+ students (49% male, 51% female)
  • 82 faculty (tenured, adjunct, other)
  • 11:1 student-faculty ratio

Freshman Profile

  • Average high school GPA: 3.46
  • Average ACT score: 24.3

Costs for 2013-14

Financial Aid

95% of students receive financial aid.


Martin Luther College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Chicago, Illinois).

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Daylight International: teaching overseas
  • Daylight USA: humanitarian aid, canvassing, vacation Bible School, member ministry assistance
  • Early Field Experiences every year


The MLC Knights belong to:

  • NCAA Division III
  • Upper Midwest Athletic Conference

Intercollegiate Competitive Sports


  • cross country
  • soccer
  • football
  • basketball
  • tennis
  • baseball
  • golf
  • track and field


  • cross country
  • soccer
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • tennis
  • softball
  • golf
  • track and field

Other Co-curriculars

  • Student Senate
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Intramurals
  • Choirs (for credit)
  • Fall Musical
  • AVCO
  • Literary Magazine
  • Class Offices
  • Bands (for credit)
  • Children's Theater
  • Meet Math
  • Readers' Theater
  • Dorm Council
  • Handbell Choir
  • Classical Theater
  • Photography Team
  • Winter Play
  • Outdoor Adventure


Martin Luther College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association. You can click the graphic below to find out more about this institution's accreditation status.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

If you have questions about Martin Luther College, you can find our contact information below or visit our contact page.

Martin Luther College

1995 Luther Court
New Ulm, MN 56073
(507) 354-8221