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Undergraduate Admission Process and Entrance Requirements

We welcome applications any time after you have completed six semesters of high school coursework (typically after your junior year). Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Our first-time freshmen and undergraduate transfer students have the option of submitting a test-optional application, without consideration of ACT and/or SAT scores. Submitting an online application is free!

  • You are automatically considered for merit-based awards and scholarships upon submitting your application. Students admitted after May 1 of their senior year in high school will be considered for Merit Awards on a space-available and funds-available basis. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible!

    The college recommends the following high school preparation to those who wish to meet the college's requirements:

    • English: 4 years of study
    • Mathematics: 3-4 years of study
    • Foreign Language: 3 years of study
    • History and Social Science: 3 years of study
    • Laboratory Science: 3 years of study

    Entrance Requirements

    • High school diploma or GED

    Applicant File Checklist

    An admission decision cannot be made until all items listed below have been received by the Office of Admissions:

    • Free online application for admission (we also accept the Common App)
    • High school transcripts (first-time freshmen and transfer students) and official transcripts from each college or university attended (transfer students)
      • Email:
      • Mail: Wisconsin Lutheran College; Attn: Admissions Office; 8800 W Bluemound Road; Milwaukee, WI 53226
    • Official ACT and/or SAT score reports (optional)
      • WLC's ACT Code: 4699
      • WLC's SAT Code: 1513

    Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at 414.443.8811 or via email.

    The admissions committee at Wisconsin Lutheran College evaluates prospective student candidates in terms of both achievement and promise, emphasizing the extent to which students have taken advantage of their educational opportunities. The most successful applicants are those who have completed a strong college preparatory curriculum and have contributed in a significant way to the life of the school, church, or community. 

    Applicants denied admission may appeal for reconsideration. To request an appeal, please contact the Office of Admissions. 


    In light of research and our student-centered approach to higher education, we've enacted a test-optional policy for undergraduate freshman admission. You can choose whether or not to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of your application. Our comprehensive review of applicants allows us to consider your application based on your high school record and other attributes.

    Should I Apply Test-Optional?

    That's up to you! If you believe your ACT or SAT scores appropriately represent your academic achievement, then we are happy to review them as part of our comprehensive review of your application. If your high school record better reflects your academic achievement, or you were unable to successfully complete an ACT or SAT exam, you can choose not to submit them.

    Test-Optional Evaluation Process

    Our comprehensive review of your application is very similar - with or without test scores. We evaluate your overall academic record, including your grades in standard academic courses, honors programs, Advanced Placement courses, and grade trends. We may also ask for and review letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other achievements you share with us. We want to get to know the whole you, not just your test scores.

    Scores Already Sent

    If your scores were sent to us from the testing agency, or are included on your high school transcript, you can still apply test-optional by selecting that option on your application. As long as you indicate test-optional on your application, we will not consider your test scores in your comprehensive application review.

    Merit Awards and Scholarships

    Will my test-optional admission impact my eligibility for scholarships? Not at all!

    Merit Awards are academic scholarships awarded to students with outstanding academic ability and talent. If you submit your test scores, your Merit-based scholarship is based on your highest ACT/SAT score(s) and cumulative high school GPA. Merit Awards for test-optional admissions is assigned based on our cumulative GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale.