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Martin Luther College Overview

Located in New Ulm, Minnesota, Martin Luther College is a private not-for-profit institution. New Ulm is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Martin Luther College Known For?

235 Undergraduate Awards
$21,143 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at MLC is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at MLC.
  • In 2017-2018, 81% of the faculty were full-time.

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Martin Luther College Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, MLC is ranked #162 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 44 schools in Minnesota.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

MLC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#103 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at MLC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Value Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MLC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#2 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#3 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#4 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#20 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#53 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual

Where Is Martin Luther College?

Location of Martin Luther College

Contact details for MLC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1995 Luther Ct, New Ulm, MN 56073-3965
Phone: 507-354-8221
Website: www.mlc-wels.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mlcwels
Twitter: http://twitter.com/connect2mlc

How Do I Get Into MLC?

You can apply to MLC online at: https://mlc-wels.edu/admissions/apply/

Admission Requirements for MLC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into MLC?

71% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Martin Luther College is 71%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 53% of accepted students are men and 47% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to MLC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 568 and 635. Math scores were between 525 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Martin Luther College  ( 568 to 635 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Martin Luther College  ( 525 to 640 )
200
800
MLC received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Martin Luther College  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Martin Luther College  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Martin Luther College  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Martin Luther College?

$21,143 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MLC is $21,143. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At MLC, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,773 a year. That adds up to $27,092 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MLC is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Martin Luther College Undergraduate Student Diversity

705 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 857 undergraduate students at MLC, with 705 being full-time and 152 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MLC

There are also 137 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 705 full-time undergraduates at MLC, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MLC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Martin Luther College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MLC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 652
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Martin Luther College. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 7 countries are represented at MLC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Antigua and Barbuda.

Online Learning at Martin Luther College

196 Took All Classes Online
214 Took At Least One Class Online
11.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at MLC. In 2017-2018, 214 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MLC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 44th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MLC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Martin Luther College was 11.6%. This is the #1,232 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MLC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of MLC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 33%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 20%
Theology & Religious Vocations 23%
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MLC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at MLC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Missionary Studies #10
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) #16
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #27
Instructional Media Design #66
General Education #69
Theology & Religious Vocations #105
Teacher Education Grade Specific #125
Educational Administration #136
Education #329

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Martin Luther College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 90 0 90
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 2 44 0 46
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 39 0 39
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 31 1 4 0 36
General Education 0 0 0 26 26
Other Education 0 0 11 0 11
Educational Administration 5 0 0 1 6
Missionary Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Instructional Media Design 2 0 0 0 2
Special Education 0 0 2 0 2
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 42 3 190 27 262

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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