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Luther College

Decorah, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%

Luther College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Luther College. The acceptance rate at Luther College is 75%. Last year, 2,188 students applied to Luther College and 1,648 were admitted.

Reach out to Luther College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Luther College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Luther College's admissions stats.

Luther College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28%
Mean SAT Score 1205
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist No

Luther College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Luther College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Luther College?

Luther College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Luther College Admissions

Transferring to Luther College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Luther College

Luther College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Luther College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Luther College

What does Luther College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Luther College for more information on admission factors.

Luther College Application Requirements

To apply to Luther College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Luther College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Luther College?

Students admitted to Luther College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 45.5% submitted a class rank. At Luther College 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 55% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Luther College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 6.37%
3.75 and 3.99 40.45%
3.50 and 3.74 22.85%
3.25 and 3.49 11.24%
3.00 and 3.24 6.74%
2.50 and 2.9 11.24%
2.00 and 2.49 0.75%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Luther College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Luther College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8% of Luther College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Luther College?

To be competitive with other Luther College applicants, you should aim to score between 1075 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Luther College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1075, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Luther College student is 1205.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Luther College students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Luther College students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at Luther College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Luther College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Luther College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Luther College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Luther College.

Transfer students can enroll in Luther College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Luther College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Luther College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Luther College.

Does Luther College accept transfer credits?

✅ Luther College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Luther College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Luther College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Luther College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Luther College?

✅ Luther College is not test optional.

What is Luther College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Luther College is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Luther College?

❌ Luther College does not offer early decision.

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Luther College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Luther College? Luther College is a somewhat selective institution. The Luther College acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


Luther College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Luther College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1075 - 1330


Math SAT Range

555 - 690


Reading SAT Range

520 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1075 to 1330


1075 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Luther College students is 1205. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Luther College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1075 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1075 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Luther College.

Luther College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Luther College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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