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Luther College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1861
Affiliation: Lutheran
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 2,504
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $97,673,391
Admissions Address

700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101-1045

Website

http://www.luther.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@luther.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Kirk Neubauer (interim)
Admissions office telephone: (563) 387-1287
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 4 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $25
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
http://www.luther.edu/admis/apply.html Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $200 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 2
Lab N/A 1
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 14

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 81%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 81%
Total applicants: 1,853
Total acceptances: 1,508
Total freshman enrollment: 612
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 799
Male acceptances: 588
Male freshman enrollment: 261
 
Female applicants: 1,054
Female acceptances: 920
Female freshman enrollment: 351
Out-of-state freshmen: 66%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 30%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 61%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 85%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 86%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 95%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 16%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 500 – 660
Math: 540 – 650
Combined: 1040 – 1310

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 11.6% 7.4%
600-699 36.8% 41.1%
500-599 27.4% 41.1%
400-499 18.9% 8.3%
300-399 5.3% 2.1%
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 92%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 21 – 27
Math: 21 – 28
Composite: 22 – 27

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 9.1% 16.4% 8.8%
24-29 53.2% 43.8% 49.3%
18-23 36.3% 33.2% 34.6%
12-17 1.4% 6.6% 7.3%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 

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