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Martin Luther College

Martin Luther College, in southern Minnesota, is designed for students on a very specific career path. Owned by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the roughly 730-student college trains those who want to become pastors, teachers, and staff ministers for the public ministry in the synod. The college is only 25 years old, created in 1995 by combining Dr. Martin Luther College and Northwestern College, both of which dated to the late 1800s. Courses are mixed with daily chapel, Bible study, and service projects. Education is the most popular academic program on campus, as graduates are qualified to teach in public schools as well as schools of Lutheran denomination. Martin Luther College fields 16 NCAA Division III teams, and more than half of all students participate in at least one intramural sport. There are also a number of student clubs, although two dominate: drama and music. Mankato, a haven for snowboarders, is just 30 minutes away; and a two-hour drive will get students to the Twin Cities.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Martin Luther College welcomed all students back campus for the fall semester, and nearly all classes are in-person. The final two weeks of the semester, after Thanksgiving, will be remote.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$27,300
% of students who get any grants
76%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,100
Average price for low-income students
$15,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
89%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1170/24
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
800
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
14%
Average merit grant
$3,330
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$19,360
Average salary within 5 years
$38,400
% earning more than $28,000
68%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Martin Luther College welcomed all students back campus for the fall semester, and nearly all classes are in-person. The final two weeks of the semester, after Thanksgiving, will be remote.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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