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Admission Policies

All Students

Full‐time enrollment requires 12 or more credits. Part‐time enrollment is 11 credits or fewer.

The general criteria for admission are

  1. Letter of recommendation from home pastor
  2. Letter of recommendation from high school guidance counselor or principal
  3. Interview with admissions personnel (Interview may be conducted by admissions counselors, the Director of Admissions, or the Admissions Committee. Generally, the interview is in person, but phone or other electronic means may be used.)
  4. Other specific requirements for some of the pre‐seminary and education program
  5. options

If an application is denied, in some cases the decision may be appealed. When the Director of Admissions makes a denial decision, the applicant may appeal to the Admissions Committee (for a final decision). Email: mlcadmit@mlc‐

When the Admissions Committee makes a denial decision, the applicant may appeal to the Vice President for Academics (for a final decision). Email: mlcadmit@mlc‐

The appeal process procedure must be initiated within 10 calendar days after the denial decision is communicated to the student. The appeal must be made in writing using the Student Appeal/Grievance Form located on the MLC website.

Traditional First Year Students

  1. The admission criteria for traditional first year students are
    • An ACT composite score of 20 (Applicants must request that ACT scores be sent to Martin Luther College directly from ACT. The ACT test should include the ACT Writing Test. The code number for Martin Luther College is 2127.)
    • A high school diploma awarded on the basis of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 figured on a minimum of 14 academic credits earned according to the following schedule:
      • English ‐ 4 credits
      • Laboratory Science ‐ 3 credits | One credit in laboratory‐based biology; one credit in laboratory‐ based chemistry or physics, one credit from any area of science (with or without laboratory experience).
      • Mathematics ‐ 3 credits | (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or higher mathematics) Students with an ACT mathematics score of 17 or lower are required to complete MTH0002 Developmental Mathematics before enrolling in any other mathematics courses. Developmental Mathematics does not fulfill any of the mathematics requirements for graduation.
      • Social Studies ‐ 2 credits
      • Academic Electives ‐ 2 credits (English, foreign language, mathematics, science, music fundamentals, social studies)
      • Note: A high‐school credit is defined as one year of study.
  2. Applicants who score below the ACT of 20 and have a high school GPA below 2.50 are generally denied with no appeal. In extenuating circumstances (positive recommendations, personal matters, etc.) the director may at the director’s discretion refer an applicant to the Admissions Committee.
  3. Applicants who score below either the ACT requirement or the high school GPA requirement, but have positive recommendations may be admitted at the discretion of the Director of Admissions, or the director may refer the decision to the Admissions Committee. If admitted, the student enters with provisional acceptance. The provisions of acceptance are enrollment in the study skills seminar, a reduced credit load, usage of the Academic Success Center, limited co‐curricular activities, and meeting with the student’s advisor at least monthly.

Non‐Traditional Students

The Admissions Committee interviews all non‐traditional students and renders a decision. If students have not attended a college or university, the ACT and high school GPA requirements apply. The applicant may also supply other experiences as evidence of college‐level work capability. If students have attended a college or university, the applicant meets the transfer student requirements.

Transfer Students

Students who have completed coursework at other colleges are welcome to transfer credits from those previous undergraduate experiences. To qualify for transfer credit, courses must meet the following criteria.

  1. Credits are applicable to MLC degree requirements.
  2. Credits relate to a comparable MLC course, a rule of thumb being 2/3 similar material/concepts.
  3. Credits earned carry a grade of C or higher.

Applicability of transfer credits is re‐evaluated when students change their program of study. Questions about transcript decisions are directed to the Education Dean or Pre‐Seminary Dean. Appeals of transcript decisions are addressed to the Vice President for Academics (whose decision is final).

Leave of Absence Students

Current students in good academic and citizenship standing may request a leave absence to pursue various experiences. These students are automatically enrolled when they return and do not need to reapply for admission. The maximum length of a leave of absence is one year. An application for a leave of absence is available at the Records Office section of the Martin Luther College website.

Re‐Admission of Former Students

Former students may apply for readmission. The Director of Admission, after consultation with the dean, with the student’s previous advisor, and with the Vice President for Student Life, may readmit students who left the college in good standing. At the director’s discretion, the director may refer the decision to the Admissions Committee.

Students who were excluded from the college may also reapply. The Admissions Committee reviews these applications and renders a decision.

International Students

Martin Luther College is authorized under federal law to enroll non‐immigrant alien students. After the following conditions have been met and the student has been admitted by the Admissions Office, the student is issued an I‐20 form. Those admitted may also apply for and be considered for financial aid.

  1. The applications of international students from missions or congregations in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod are processed after consultation with the missionary or person in ministry from the international site.
  2. Applications from other international students are considered on an individual basis. Applicants need to demonstrate the educational background necessary to meet the college’s academic requirements.
  3. International students submit authorized English translations of their high school transcript and transcripts from any other colleges they may have attended.
  4. International students whose native language is not English need to demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher (paper‐based) or 215 or higher (computer‐based), or 80 or higher (internet‐based). MLC’s code number for the TOEFL exam is 6435.
  5. International students are required to provide proof of ability to meet the financial obligations of tuition, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses in accord with federal law.

Non‐Degree Seeking Students

Non‐degree seeking students are welcome to enroll on a space‐available basis. Students meet the entrance requirements listed above.

Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) Students

Martin Luther College participates in Minnesota’s Post‐Secondary Education Option program. Interested high school student should contact the Admissions Office for information.

Specific Education Program Requirements

The following requirements apply to applicants wishing to enroll in the middle and secondary education programs.

  • Mathematics - a minimum cumulative mathematics GPA of B‐ , an ACT mathematics subscore of 25 or higher, and precalculus
  • Science - same as STEP mathematics, plus 3 science credits with a minimum cumulative science GPA of B‐, an ACT science reasoning subscore of 25 or higher, and precalculus
  • Spanish - 2 Spanish credits with a demonstrated level of ability on a language placement examination (Intermediate I)
  • Music - admission by examination

Pre‐Seminary Program Requirements

If a student desires to take the Confessional Languages option, Latin and German should be taken in high school.

Students who have not taken the previously‐noted foreign language credits in high school are able to pursue a program that meets MLC’s language requirement. Most students in this situation will be able to complete their programs in four years.

Communication of Admission Decision

Applicants for admission who have completed the application process will receive written notification of their admission status.

Student Responsibility After Acceptance

  1. A deposit of $135.00 of which $100 applies to the student's room and board is required to confirm enrollment. For August enrollment the deposit is due by May 15. For January enrollment the deposit is due by November 1.
  2. A completed Martin Luther College Report of Medical History and Physical is required and due by August 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
  3. An official, final high school transcript is required for candidates to the freshman class by August 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
  4. An official, final transcript of all post‐secondary work completed by applicants admitted as transfer students is required by August 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

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