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Luther- Norse Admission Requirements

Decorah, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Luther College

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Luther College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Luther- Norse and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Luther- Norse is 64%.  It ranks #9 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Luther- Norse is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 2,340 out of 3,640 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 44 percent (SAT 1030/1280 ACT 23/29). Luther College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Luther- Norse application fee is $0 and applications are due by Mar 1.

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. 20% of students submitted SAT scores and 83% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Luther- Norse SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Luther College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Luther College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Luther College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. Luther- Norse ranks #8 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Luther College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1280 and Above Good >77%
1155 to 1280 Avg + 64%-77%
1030 to 1155 Avg - 48%-64%
905 to 1030 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 905 Low <33%
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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
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Luther College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Luther- Norse regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Iowa and #225 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 83 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Luther College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Luther College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >77%
26 to 29 Avg + 64%-77%
23 to 26 Avg - 48%-64%
20 to 23 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 20 Low <33%
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Luther- Norse GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Luther College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Luther- Norse. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Luther College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Luther- Norse accepts 64% of students who apply.

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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 29.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 27.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

55% of Luther College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Luther College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 30%
Top 25% of class 55%
Top 50% of class 87%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Luther College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,930 1,710 3,640
Accepted 1,330 1,010 2,340
Acceptance Rate 69% 59% 64%
Enrolled 255 198 453
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 32 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

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

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?

20% of students submit their SAT scores to Luther- Norse. 83% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Luther College?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to Luther- Norse. Admission competition is low 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 1030 and 1280. 20% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 23 and 29. 83% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.