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Martin Luther College

Martin Luther College trains about 800 students for careers in teaching and church service, in areas ranging from ministries to staff and musical applications. At this school, located in New Ulm, MN, about 90 miles south of Minneapolis, students play on intramural bowling teams and look forward to the annual Snow Festival.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated

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Martin Luther College trains about 800 students for careers in teaching and church service, in areas ranging from ministries to staff and musical applications. At this school, located in New Ulm, MN, about 90 miles south of Minneapolis, students play on intramural bowling teams and look forward to the annual Snow Festival.

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Martin Luther College is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Formed from an amalgamation of Dr. Martin Luther College (founded in 1884) and Northwestern College (founded in 1865), Martin Luther College opened its doors to the next generation of church workers in 1995.

Choosing a college and a career path is no easy task. With literally hundreds of choices, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and under pressure.

While every institution has its strengths, Martin Luther College is distinctive. We are the WELS College of Ministry. We exist solely to train future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers for the public ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

If you are considering service to the church in one of these capacities, then we are the college for you.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 763
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 93% Full Time / 7% Part Time
Geography 17% In State / 83% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 38% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 96%
Multi-racial 1%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $135.00. Housing deposit due : May 15. Housing deposit is partially refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

93% of students live on-campus.

99% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Pep Band
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: chaplain/spiritual director employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Elementary Education and Teaching (60%), Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies (24%), Early Childhood Education and Teaching (7%), Education, Other (6%), Social Studies Teacher Education (0%), Spanish Language Teacher Education (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to enter a seminary or other program leading to religious ordination, or a related religious vocation.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in theological and ministerial studies not listed above, including preparation for religious vocations in faiths other than Christianity and Judaism.

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Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Religious Workers, All Other
All religious workers not listed separately.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in theological studies and religious vocations not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach chemistry programs at various educational levels.

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Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years (grade three), depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.

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Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Any instructional program in education not listed above.

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
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Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach mathematics programs at various educational levels.

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Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach music and music appreciation programs at various educational levels.

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Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Coaches and Scouts
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

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Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach general science programs, or a combination of the biological and physical science subject matter areas, at various educational levels.

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Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in forestry and conservation science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
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Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
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Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
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Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

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Education Teachers, Postsecondary
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Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Special Education Teachers, Preschool
Teach preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
Teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
Special Education Teachers, All Other
All special education teachers not listed separately.

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Administration & Faculty

President Mark G. Zarling
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 75
Student : Faculty Ratio 12 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 72 : 28
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 97
Tenure Track Faculty 2

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 HIS3001 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 SCI1003 & SCI1004 3.0
AP Calculus AB 4.0 MTH2010 and MTH2011 6.0
AP Calculus BC 4.0 MTH2010, MTH2011, and MTH2012 9.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 SCI2025 3.0
AP Chemistry 4.0 SCI2025 and SCI3025 6.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENG1303 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENG130x 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 ENG1303 and ENG130x 6.0
AP European History 4.0 HIS2113 4.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 GER2001 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 4.0 GER2001 and GER2002 6.0
AP Latin 3.0 LAT2002 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 SSC3202 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 SSC3202 3.0
AP Music Theory 4.0 MUS3101 and MUS1110 4.0
AP Physics B 3.0 SCI1102 3.0
AP Psychology 4.0 PSY2001 or PSY2002 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 SPN2001 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 4.0 SPN2001 and SPN2002 6.0
AP Statistics 3.0 MTH2020 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 HIS3024 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 HIS3010 3.0
AP World History 4.0 HIS2113 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 44/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 96.2% accepted of 209 applications

66% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
42% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
19% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite22 - 27
English21 - 28
Math22 - 27
Writing6 - 8
 

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA

Important: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Application Essay, Volunteer Work, Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Science Lab 2 0
Foreign Language 0 2
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 3 0
Social Studies 2 0
Academic Electives 2 0

Other Application Information: ACT with Writing SAT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $15,656 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $12,558
$30K-$48K $12,673
$48K-$75K $14,460
$75K-$110K $18,333
$110K+ $19,808

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $12,300, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,300 Same as On-Campus
Housing $4,860 $4,860
Books $800 $800
Total (before financial aid) $17,960 $17,960

Students Receiving Aid

96% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 76% $5,129
Federal Scholarships/Grants 38% $3,503
Institutional Grants 89% $3,470
Other Federal Grants 3% $917
Other Loans 7% $5,765
Pell Grants 38% $3,422
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 12% $3,842
Student Loans 77% $5,639

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.mlc-wels.edu/home/administration/offices/finaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.mlc-wels.edu/static/netpricecalc/npcalc.htm.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

51% of students graduated on time.

76% of students graduated in six years.

85% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Martin Luther College participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Soccer Paul Koelpin (Get recruited )
Basketball James Unke (Get recruited )
Baseball Randy Cox (Get recruited )
Golf Lawrence Lotito (Get recruited )
Tennis Arlen Koestler (Get recruited )
Football Doug Lange (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Softball Barb Leopold (Get recruited )
Soccer Barb Leopold (Get recruited )
Basketball Larry Czer (Get recruited )
Tennis Arlen Koestler (Get recruited )
Volleyball Rebecca Cox (Get recruited )

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#40 Regional Colleges Midwest Rankings
#40 Regional Colleges
#56 Regional Colleges Overall Score

Washington Monthly

#4 Baccalaureate Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#25 Baccalaureate Colleges - Overall Rank
#26 Baccalaureate Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#55 Baccalaureate Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#59 Baccalaureate Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#98 Baccalaureate Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#100 Baccalaureate Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#114 Best Bang for Buck Colleges - Overall Rank
#125 Baccalaureate Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD rank
#138 Baccalaureate Colleges - ROTC Rank
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