Admissions Policies

Admission with Reservation | Campus Visits | Early Admission Program | High School Preparation | International Students | Readmission Students | Transfer Students

High School Preparation

Wisconsin Lutheran College seeks to enroll Christian men and women who possess strong intellectual abilities and curiosity about a broad range of knowledge, a commitment to pursuing a rigorous education within a distinctively Christian perspective, and good character, creativity, and maturity. The college seeks students of varied interests and talents, representative of many social, economic, racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who are capable of significant contributions to the college's academic and residential communities.

While no precise list of secondary school courses is required for entrance, the college strongly recommends the following preparation to ensure the highest level of success in meeting the college's requirements:

  • English--four years;
  • mathematic--four years;
  • foreign language--four years;
  • history and social science--three years;
  • laboratory science--three years.

The admissions committee of the college evaluates 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 who have contributed in some significant way to the life of the school, church, or community. Students planning to major in biology, chemistry, or mathematics should be prepared to begin calculus their first year.

Students seeking admission must complete the college's application form and send it with a non-refundable application fee to the office of admissions. The Counselor Recommendation Form is to be completed by a person familiar with the applicant's capabilities and potential. Applicants are required to submit the results of either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). An official high school transcript of grades on all work completed since the beginning of the ninth grade should be forwarded to the college. In addition to the foregoing, other evidence from a personal interview with college admissions staff will be considered in the application process.

Once a student's application file is complete, admission to the college is either offered or denied. If admission is offered, an enrollment deposit is required. The enrollment deposit is applied toward the student's tuition and is refundable until May 1.

Applicants denied admission may appeal for reconsideration. Information on the appeal process is available from the college admissions office.

Admission with Reservation

A student may be admitted with reservation when his/her academic records indicate deficiencies in their college preparatory work. The student will normally be limited to a maximum credit load of 13 credits per semester and will be monitored closely by his/her academic advisor.

Early Admission Program

The Wisconsin Lutheran College Early Admission Program has been established to permit high school students to enhance their educational experience prior to college. Through this program qualified students may enroll in WLC courses concurrent with their high school program. To qualify for participation in the Early Admission Program, a student must have completed all requirements for the junior year of high school. Wisconsin Lutheran College is a registered participant in the State of Wisconsin's Early College Opportunities Program whereby high school seniors may enroll in college courses. Either all or part of the tuition is paid for by the local school district.

Application Procedures:

The student must provide the admissions office with the following credentials:

  1. The completed "Special Admission Application" and the application fee

  2. Transcript of high school credits

  3. Recommendation from the high school principal or counselor

Campus Visits

Wisconsin Lutheran College welcomes and encourages visits by prospective students. A campus visit is the best way to learn about the college. Prospective students planning a campus visit should make an appointment at least one week in advance with the office of admissions. We recommend visiting on weekdays from September through May. Parents of prospective students are welcome to participate in the campus visit. These visits offer opportunities to meet currently enrolled students, to take a student-guided tour of the campus, to attend classes and talk with faculty, and to confer with a member of the admissions staff. A day's meals and lodging for a night are provided for the student. Overnight visits are typically reserved for applicants only.

International Students

Applicants for undergraduate admission who are not citizens of or immigrants to the United States should contact the office of admissions for information and assistance. Three general criteria are considered by the Academic Affairs Committee when evaluating an application file from an international student. These criteria are:

  1. High academic ability

  2. Positive personal ability

  3. Strong English language ability

Evidence that the non-immigrant applicant can meet these criteria must be submitted to the office of admissions. Such evidence necessarily includes:

  1. Wisconsin Lutheran College Application for Admission and application fee

  2. Counselor Recommendation Form

  3. Secondary school academic records

  4. For students who have studied beyond the secondary school level, academic records from each post-secondary school along with course syllabi or descriptions for all post-secondary studies attempted outside the United States

  5. For students lacking any or all items from #4, SAT or ACT scores are required

  6. English proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer-based)

To receive an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant [F-1] Student) from Wisconsin Lutheran College, the student must submit:

  1. Affidavit of financial support for four years OR

  2. Sponsorship by a U.S. citizen or agency

  3. Proof of health insurance or a commitment to purchase insurance coverage

All non-English documents must be accompanied by official English language translations.

Before the college will issue a student the necessary Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant [F-1] Student), all tuition, fees, room and board, and health insurance costs for an academic year must be paid in full.

Official letters of acceptance are sent to non-immigrant applicants only after all items of evidence have been received. The Academic Affairs Committee considers applications only after all required documents have been received.

Readmission Students

Students who honorably withdrew from the college may submit a Special Admission Application form to the director of admissions. Application forms are available from the admissions office and should be completed at least three weeks prior to registration.

Reentering students who have attended other institutions since leaving WLC must request that a transcript of credits from each school be sent to the admissions office.

Students seeking readmission after academic suspension may apply for readmission after the lapse of two semesters. Their applications will be reviewed by the academic dean, and they must complete an interview with the academic dean before the application is accepted. Upon readmission the student's previous work shall remain as part of the official academic record, but the cumulative grade point average will be computed only on the basis of the credits attempted and grade points earned at Wisconsin Lutheran College following readmission. Students should be aware that employers, graduate schools, and accrediting agencies may evaluate their entire academic record. Student athletes are to note that the NCAA considers all grades from all courses attempted in determining eligibility.

Transfer Students

Students who have completed course work at other colleges are welcome to transfer to Wisconsin Lutheran College and are normally admitted if their grade point averages on transfer work are C (2.5) or above.

Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions. Although there is no limit to the number of credits which may be transferred, transfer students must earn their final 30 credits in residence and complete the degree requirements at Wisconsin Lutheran College in order to receive a WLC degree.

Transfer credit is awarded for those courses in which a student receives a grade higher than a D (1.0 on a 4.0 scale). Appeals may be made after the transfer student has successfully completed at least one semester as a full-time student at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Credits accepted for transfer may be used to satisfy WLC degree requirements. However, only grades earned at WLC will be used in computing the student's cumulative grade point average.

Students transferring to Wisconsin Lutheran College must observe the following procedure:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission Form along with the application fee.

  2. Submit a Transfer Recommendation Form completed by the dean of student affairs at the school most recently attended.

  3. Have official transcripts from each college previously attended sent to the admissions office.

Once a student is accepted, he/she will receive an official credit evaluation from the registrar's office.