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January 20, 2020

Admissions Q&A’s | Luther College

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The Luther College is a private liberal arts college that is situated in Decorah, Iowa. The college was established as a Lutheran seminary in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants. Currently the school is an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Avg cost after aid

$25K

Graduation rate

82%

Acceptance rate

68%

LRT Sports spoke with two admission counselors, Anndi Russell and Jessica Snover, see below

Admission Counselor: Anndi Russell

How much does being an athlete affect the admissions process?

Being an athlete affects the admissions process a lot. Coaches are the primary recruiting contact, and as an admissions counselor I take on a supporting/logistical role.

What are the qualities you look for when taking on a student-athlete?

I like to see students who aren’t focused on the “glory” of being an athlete. Students who have a wide variety of interests and demonstrate that they care about critically thinking about their lives and the world, in addition to caring about bettering themselves through their sport.

What will set a student-athlete’s application apart from the general applicants or other student-athletes?

Student-athletes who demonstrate a care for the world and for other people set themselves apart from other student-athletes. Student-athletes have the ability to demonstrate how their experience as a member of a team has made them a better person, and how pushing themselves physically leads to growth in general.

Does an early admission application carry more weight/have a different priority in your acceptance process?

No. We evaluate applicants equally regardless of when they apply.

Would your institution recommend that a student-athlete come in for an interview? If so, when would you recommend they start this process?

As an admissions counselor, an interview is a chance for me to get to know a bit of where the student is coming from, which can allow me to advocate for their admission or for a certain scholarship. Early in a student’s senior year is a good time to start, but it remains valuable throughout their whole senior year.

What GPA/SAT/ACT would your institution recommend that a student-athlete shoot for?

What percentage of student-athletes receive financial aid?

Our athletes are held to the same standard as any other applicant (3.0 GPA, 1020 SAT, 21 ACT).

What is the best way for  student-athletes to start the financial aid process if they need financial aid?

Same way as any other student. Submit the FAFSA (early is better, but we will accept it at any time). We will send out our financial aid packages for athletes along with all other applicants, in early spring semester.

What is your institution’s policy on financial aid? Does it differ for scholar athletes?

No difference for athletes.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a student-athlete who has your institution number one on their list?

Don’t write an essay about winning your football championship. Or, if you do, add something more interesting to it! What did you learn about a teammate, how will this shape your world view moving forward, how to your sport teach you a lesson that you applied elsewhere in life, etc.. Better yet, use your essay as an opportunity to highlight your other accomplishments! Our coaches know that you’re a good athlete. Our admissions counselors want to know more about you.

What makes your athletic program stand out?

Our student-athletes are heavily involved outside of their sport. They are well-rounded in their interests, and high achieving academically.

Admission Counselor: Jessica Snover

LRT Sports: How much does being an athlete affect the admissions process?

It for sure helps sometimes, if you have more than one person advocating for a student and you see they have been involved through high school, we like that.

LRT Sports: What are the qualities you look for when taking on a student-athlete?

Dedicated to academics and athletics, passionate, hard working, time management skills

LRT Sports: What will set a student-athlete’s application apart from the general applicants or other student-athletes?

Actually, this unfortunately is not the best but, when students write essays about the “big game” or something related to athletics, what we call a “ball is life” essay without connecting it back to them personally it can hurt them.  We want to learn about the student, not the game they won UNLESS it impacts them personally in a positive/negative way

LRT Sports: Does an early admission application carry more weight/have a different priority in your acceptance process?

No, it just gets you in earlier, financial aid earlier and makes the student able to make a decision quicker  

LRT Sports: Would your institution recommend that a student-athlete come in for an interview? If so, when would you recommend they start this process?

YES! Interviews can really be important to the college admissions process but even more so for athletes. Some are maybe not strong students and some are scholar athletes, we want to get to know the student and the student should get to know more about the college so they can make a fair decision not just based on athletics.

LRT Sports: What GPA/SAT/ACT would your institution recommend that a student-athlete shoot for?

What percentage of student-athletes receive financial aid?

3.0/ 1080 SAT/ 21 to 23 ACT
That’s what an average student looks like.

LRT Sports: What is the best way for  student-athletes to start the financial aid process if they need financial aid?

Being DIII we are unable to award scholarship based on athletics which means Merit  based scholarships will be super important, keep those grades up and work hard on and off the field.

LRT Sports: What is your institution’s policy on financial aid? Does it differ for scholar athletes?

Unfortunately no, no athletics scholarships can be given at the DIII level.

LRT Sports: What is the best piece of advice you can give to a student-athlete who has your institution number one on their list?

Work hard in your classes, don’t scoot by senior year because it’s easier.  challenge yourself, take on leadership roles on your teams and get involved in your community in other ways too.  Being well rounded never hurt anyone.

LRT Sports: What makes your athletic program stand out?

They care so deeply about their athletes, they are students first and are here to get degrees and then they are here to play the game they are passionate about.

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