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Luther- Norse Admission Requirements

Decorah, Iowa

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Your chances of getting into Luther College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Luther College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Luther- Norse is 76.1%.  Its admission rate is the 17th lowest in Iowa.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Luther- Norse and can you get accepted?

Luther College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,898 out of the 2,495 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 37 percent on standardized admission tests. Luther College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.65. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Luther- Norse?

76% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Luther College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.65 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Luther- Norse GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Luther College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Luther- Norse are to have around a 3.65 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.65 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Luther- Norse accepts 76% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Luther- Norse is 3.65 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Iowa for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Luther- Norse is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Luther College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Luther- Norse SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Luther College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 8% of students submitted SAT scores and 37% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Luther College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 528
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1088
SAT Scores for Luther College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 630
Math 75th Percentile 688
Composite 75th Percentile 1318
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Luther College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Luther- Norse is 1200 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1088-1318. Students who get into Luther College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Luther- Norse ranks #6 in the state of Iowa for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1200 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Luther- Norse regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1088 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1088, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 980, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Luther College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1200 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1203, you have around a 76% chance of being admitted. A 1318 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 86% chance of getting in.

Luther College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1318 and Above Good >86%
1203 to 1318 Avg + 76%-86%
1088 to 1203 Avg - 62%-76%
973 to 1088 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 973 Low <47%
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Luther- Norse ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Luther College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for Luther College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Luther- Norse?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Luther- Norse is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 29.  The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

37 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Luther College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Luther College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Luther- Norse for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 76% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 87% with a 29 ACT score.

Luther College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >87%
25 to 29 Avg + 76%-87%
22 to 25 Avg - 65%-76%
19 to 22 Reach 51%-65%
Less than 19 Low <51%
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High School Class Rank

85% of Luther College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 49% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Luther College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 49%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Luther College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,086 1,409 2,495
Accepted 858 1,040 1,898
Acceptance Rate 79% 74% 76%
Enrolled 229 215 444
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 21% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Luther College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Luther College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Luther College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Luther College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Luther College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.65 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1200 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153834 IPEDS survey data for Luther College.


Does Luther College prefer SAT or ACT?

8% of students submit their SAT scores to Luther- Norse. 37% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Luther College?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to Luther- Norse. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Luther College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1088 and 1318. The average SAT score is 1203. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Luther College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.