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Martin Luther College (MLC) is operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Its mission is to educate church workers, including pastors, teachers, and ministers.

Martin Luther College offers undergraduate programs and certificates in ministry and education, as well as a Master of Science in Education program.

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To be admitted to Martin Luther College, students must meet minimum requirements for ACT score and high school curriculum. Additionally, prospective students must receive letters of recommendation from their church pastor and a high school counselor.

Personal character, reputation, and evidence of a genuine desire for a career in church ministry are also factors in the admissions process.

Financial Aid

Most Martin Luther College students receive financial aid. The school provides basic assistance with completing the FAFSA. In addition to federal and state aid, Martin Luther College provides a limited number of grants, scholarships, and work study programs for its students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4613th for the average student loan amount.
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Martin Luther College offers traditional on-campus residences. Several student organizations can be found on campus, including Forum, a theater group; Studium Excitare, the school’s official journal of confessional language studies; and the Knight’s Page, a student news magazine. Other student activities include a photography team, German club, astronomy club, a literary magazine, and several music and church ministry programs.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Martin Luther College’s MLC Knights play NCAA Division III sports in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Men’s sports include cross country, soccer, football, basketball, track & field, tennis, baseball, and golf. Women’s sports include volleyball, softball, basketball, tennis, golf, cross country, soccer, and track & field.

Martin Luther College features many athletic facilities that are accessible to all students, including a fitness center, gymnasium, ice arena, golf course, gymnastics center, and trails for hiking or biking. The school’s Vogel Recreation Center has a track and pool.

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Ranks 9th in Minnesota and 193rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 97 0.71
Larceny 184 1.35
Vehicle theft 2 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New Ulm, MN 56073-3965
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population17,199 (13,385 urban / 3,814 rural)
Households6,763 (2.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,270
Families4,586 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingVery small four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Congressional District2701

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1795th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,300 $12,300 $12,300
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $270 $270 $270
FT Graduate Tuition $5,040 $5,040 $5,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $105 $105 $105
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $280 $280 $280
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,560 $21,560 $21,560
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,560 $21,560 $21,560
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,700 $16,700 $16,700

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,320 $11,770 $11,320 $11,770 $11,320 $11,770
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,390 $4,570
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $4,570
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,600
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,600

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 209 (96 male / 113 female)
Admitted 201 (92 male / 109 female)
Admission rate 96%
First-time Enrollment 164 (79 male / 85 female)
FT Enrollment 164 (79 male / 85 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment824

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Upper Midwest Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

399th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity734
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3107th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,226 ($55,000 male / $28,674 female)
Number of FT Faculty 74 (53 male / 21 female)
Number of PT Faculty 89
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $1,209,288

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