Admission Guidelines

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We welcome first-time freshman student 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. You have the option of submitting a test-optional application, without consideration of ACT and/or SAT scores.

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

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Recommended High School Preparation

We recommend the following high school preparation to those who wish to meet WLC'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

Prior to enrolling as a full-time first-time freshman at WLC you must have completed your high school diploma or obtained your 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

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.

Test-Optional 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.