Martin Luther College: Narrative Description

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1995 Luther Ct.
New Ulm, MN 56073
Tel: (507)354-8221
Fax: (507)354-8225
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1995. Setting: 50-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $2933 per student. Total enrollment: 945. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 270 applied, 97% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 68% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 936 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 9 students, 33% women, 67% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 9 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $12,390 includes full-time tuition ($8925) and college room and board ($3465). Part-time tuition: $175 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, Color Guard, Pom Poms. Major annual events: Homecoming, Winter Carnival, Children's Theater. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Martin Luther College Library with 115,309 books, 31,583 microform titles, 519 serials, 5,786 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $188,649. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

New Ulm (population 14,000), a rural area 100 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul, is a city where German immigrants carefully planned wide streets and numerous park areas in such a way that it has not been necessary to change the original plan. Part-time employment opportunities are good. Historical points of interest include the Brown County Historical Museum, Hermann's Monument, and Glockenspiel.