Upcoming Events

All-State Small School Mixed Choir Workshop

September 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Alumni and Family Weekend 2018

September 28, 2018 all day

TLU Preview

October 20, 2018 all day

Performing Arts Scholarship Invitational

November 11, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

TLU Preview

March 23, 2019 all day

View more events

Applying to TLU

Use these Applications to Apply to TLU:

The Common Application   |   Apply Texas

You can use the Common Application - available August 1 - or the Apply Texas Application - available July 1 - to apply to TLU. If you’re applying to several colleges, including colleges outside of Texas, you'll want to use the Common Application. If you are applying to Texas colleges only, you can use Apply Texas. Make sure your personal essay is customized for the college to which you are applying.

Application Checklist:

  • Application for admission - The Common Application or Apply Texas
  • Personal Essay. You can use the essay prompts on the Common Application or Apply Texas or submit your own essay or graded writing sample. Please take the time to write an essay with at least 500 words.
  • Official transcript sent directly from your high school with current class ranking and cumulative GPA
  • Official SAT/ACT test scores. If you didn't select TLU to automatically receive your scores when you took the test, you can download your scores from the College Board website  and send them to us as a PDF. Transfer applicants are not required to submit scores if they have more than 15 transferable hours
  • Recommendation letters are not required but are encouraged
  • Transfer addendum form (for transfer students only)

Application documents can be emailed to

Holistic Admissions Process and Our Student Code of Conduct

In addition to your academic record, test scores, and essay, we look for students who demonstrate they want to be involved in a campus community and embody the values of a TLU student.

Once you submit your application to TLU, you are agreeing to abide by our Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the TLU Student Handbook. A student who enrolls at TLU voluntarily becomes a part of a community where respect for others is the norm, and rational, mature behavior is expected. The voluntary entrance into the community implies acceptance by the student of university regulations, and the failure to comply with these standards subjects the student to disciplinary action.

If offensive or hateful social media content is brought to our attention at any point in the admissions process, we will address it with the prospective student or admitted student. A student’s application could be negatively impacted by the discovery of offensive or hateful speech on social media. We also maintain the right to rescind an admissions decision due to social media posts that violate our Student Code of Conduct.


Your application - either through the Common Application or Apply Texas - also serves as your application for  TLU academic scholarships. If you want to be considered for federal, state, or institutional financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Filing the FAFSA - Available beginning October 1

  • File the FAFSA at
  • To have your FAFSA information sent directly to TLU, enter Federal School Code 003641
  • You will need your tax return as well as your parents' tax information to complete the FAFSA
  • FAFSA for fall admission will be available October 1 of your senior year

Applying for Scholarships

  • The Common Application or your Apply Texas application serves as your application for TLU's academic scholarships
  • We also offer music and theatre performance scholarships and departmental scholarships 
    • Music and Dramatic Media scholarships are available for both majors and non-majors. Additional audition and interview dates are available on the School of Music and Dramatic Media webpages 
    • For departmental scholarships, contact Student Financial Services or the department chair

For a complete list of scholarships, as well as grants and loans available at TLU, visit

Notification of Admission

Once we receive your completed application and all of the required documents - SAT/ACT test scores, high school transcript, and essay - you can expect an admissions decision with two weeks. 

If you do not receive a notification within two weeks, your application may be under review by our Admissions Committee, you are missing documents (test scores, transcript or essay), or the application was never received. If your application is under review by the Admissions Committee, your Admissions Representative will contact you so you can provide additional materials (recommendation letter, new test scores, current grades, etc.). 

Once we make an admissions decision, you can expect a formal letter in the mail. For students who are accepted, you will receive a letter along with a TLU acceptance packet. 

You're Admitted - What's Next?

Submit necessary documents

  • Submit your nonrefundable $400 enrollment deposit by May 1. We must receive your deposit before you can get a course schedule and sign up for housing 
  • Submit written confirmation of vaccination against bacterial meningitis
  • File the FAFSA, as noted above. This is very important to receive financial aid. FAFSA can be filed beginning October 1. Respond to any requests for additional information such as verification worksheets and IRS transcripts before August 1
  • Submit your final transcript with graduation date and final class rank
  • Complete the New Student Registration Form (NSRF) after receipt of deposit and meningitis vaccine. This form is used by faculty and advising staff to create your course schedule
  • Complete the housing application and contract available after receipt of deposit and meningitis vaccine. Housing assignments will be made in the summer (early July) for fall applicants and after January 1 for spring applicants

Bulldog Basics

Bulldog Basics is an optional event for deposited students during the summer. It provides opportunities for students to tie up any loose ends before arriving on campus in the fall. Students are also able to get their TLU photo IDs made and families can meet with a financial aid counselor to get assistance with completing any outstanding financial aid documents. Before an RSVP can be submitted, students must pay the enrollment deposit and provide proof of meningitis vaccination.

Bulldog Orientation 

Bulldog Orientation takes place the weekend prior to the start of classes and is meant to help you transition into life at TLU. You’ll move in to your dorm and attend preparation sessions to introduce you to your academic responsibilities and social opportunities while attending TLU. Parents and family members are also invited to attend special sessions meant just for them after helping you move in to your dorm room.

The Matriculation ceremony is when you get to officially sign in as a TLU student. This is usually one of the first events of Bulldog Orientation weekend.

Convocation is when all students, faculty, and staff gather for the official beginning of the academic year. There will be recognitions, remarks, and words of wisdom that will inspire you as you embark on the most exciting four years of your life.

Students Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The faculty and staff at TLU are aware that many students and their families are continuing to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. We want you to know that we understand and are prepared to support you through the enrollment process. Here are a number of ways we can assist you.

Flexible Admissions Deadlines 

  • Early Action: November 15, 2017 
  • Regular Decision: February 1, 2018

Additional time may be provided for students to submit their application for admission and supporting documents. An application fee is not required for students applying for admission to TLU. These students are encouraged to follow up with their admissions representative for support. 

Locate your admissions representative.

Financial Aid Support

Our team in financial aid is prepared to work with you as you navigate the financial aid process. Our financial aid counselors are able to assist with any questions you have related to filing the FAFSA or your specific financial situation. You may communicate with a financial aid counselor at 830-372-8075.

Texas Lutheran University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Bernadette Buchanan, Title IX Coordinator, 830-372-8060. 

TLU's Title IX Policies

Click here for further information on notice of non-discrimination and the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or, call 1-800-421-3481.