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Mission of Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College, affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is a Lutheran liberal arts college for Christian men and women. The college is committed to providing quality teaching, scholarship, and service that are rooted in Holy Scripture; promoting the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and staff; and preparing students for lives of Christian leadership.


Wisconsin Lutheran College strives to establish a distinctive identity as one of America's finest liberal arts colleges characterized by faithfulness to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, rigorous pursuit of academic excellence, and dedication to preparing Christian leaders for the Church and the world.


Wisconsin Lutheran College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It is located in Milwaukee. The college has a two-semester academic year and awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Arts in Education degrees with liberal arts and professional majors and several pre-professional programs.


Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian school of higher education offering a program in the arts and sciences. Realizing that in Christ "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," the college integrates God's truths into every discipline, helping students relate their faith to life in today's world. Its primary purpose is to provide higher education for students interested in the arts and sciences taught within the framework of Christian doctrine. Although Wisconsin Lutheran College programs are designed for job preparation and upgrading, they are all the more concerned with preparing young Christian men and women to face life and deal with it through the application of Christian principles found in God's Word.


The college is owned and operated by a corporation whose members consist of WELS congregations from across the country. The Board of Regents directs the overall activities of the college in consultation with and through the administrative offices of the college including the college president and the various vice presidents.

The academic offerings and student services described in the catalog represent a description of Wisconsin Lutheran College as it ordinarily operates. However, the college reserves the right to make changes as circumstances warrant.


  1. Declaration of Faith

    Wisconsin Lutheran College believes, teaches and confesses that the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments--in all their words and all their parts--are the inspired and inerrant Word of God, that these Holy Scriptures are the only source and authority for Christian doctrine and life, that they are efficacious in presenting God's plan of salvation through Law and Gospel, and that they are sufficient and clear in revealing God's truth. Wisconsin Lutheran College believes, teaches, and confesses all the symbols of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 without reservation, not insofar as, but because they are a correct presentation and explanation of the Word of God and a summary of the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. These symbols are the three ecumenical Creeds (Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian), Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism, Dr. Martin Luther's Large Catechism, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord.

  2. Adherence

    All that is done or taught at Wisconsin Lutheran College shall be in accordance with the Word of God. Likewise, any controversies or disputes shall be settled by the norm of Holy Scripture.

  3. Confessional Affiliation

    Wisconsin Lutheran College shall maintain confessional fellowship only with a church body that holds to all the truths of God's Word in doctrine and practice and is bound to the confession of faith set forth in this philosophy if, and as long as, such a church body exists.

  4. Principles of Education

    Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts the principle that education is inseparable from religion, that all knowledge in all areas of human thought and endeavor is worthy of inquiry when viewed in the light of human sin and divine grace. It is also committed to the total development of its students, not just intellectually, but also spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially. In this Christian college the main source of life and growth is God's Word. As members of the Body of Christ, all serve and are served, all teach and all learn. All recognize that the freedom of the Christian life lies within the bounds set forth in Holy Scripture.

Statement of Understanding

Life Together Under God at WLC


Degree programs at Wisconsin Lutheran College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission's North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (Phone: 800.621.7440) The programs of teacher education are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Read WLC's 2014-2015 HLC Self Study

Nursing: The baccalaureate program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.