- Freshmen Students
- Transfer Students
- International Students
- Visit TLU
- Contact Admissions
TLU follows a rolling admission policy, which means that an admissions decision is made after the application file is completed by the applicant. A student's application is considered complete only after all required documents have been received.
- Priority Deadline: November 15, 2018
- Late Deadline: December 21, 2018
- Priority Deadline: June 15, 2019
- Late Deadline: August 1, 2019
- Application for admission: TLU Application, Common Application, or ApplyTexas
- Essay/Writing Sample
- Official transcript(s) from every institution attended (including dual credit)—even if no credit was earned, a transcript is required
- Official high school transcript is required for students who have graduated within the last five years, or who have fewer than 24 hours of university-level coursework. (This is a federal requirement.)
- Transfer Addendum (available via your application status portal)
NOTE: A recommendation letter from someone familiar with your academic background is preferred, but not required.
*Transfer applicants with fewer than 15 semester hours of university-level work must submit official SAT or ACT test scores.
- A maximum of 68 hours may be transferred from community colleges to Texas Lutheran University. For students with more than 68 hours, the 68 hours that best complete the degree plan as of the first semester the student attends TLU will be transferred. No changes may be made to the choice of transferred hours after the student starts classes at TLU.
- Only grades of "C-" or better will transfer. Grades of "D" do not transfer.
- Community college courses may not transfer into TLU as upper-division courses (300-400 level), even though TLU may have an upper-division course with exactly the same name and description. Community college courses may not be used to fulfill the 30-hour upper-division requirement for graduation at TLU. However, the course may be used as a substitute for an upper-division course with an approved substitution form signed by the chair and dean.
- FREX134, Exploring the Arts & Sciences, is required of all students except transfer students entering with 24 or more hours, no more than 12 of which may be earned through dual participation
- Only four hours of Physical Education (Kinesiology) activity will apply to degree requirements.
- Only four hours of Ensemble Music will apply to degree requirements.
Core Courses Guide
At TLU, we want our graduates to achieve a breadth of knowledge in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Toward that end, students need to meet requirements in 9 areas we call the Foundations and Dimensions of Liberal Education. These areas are closely aligned with what other schools call their “core” courses or “basics.”
Prospective transfer students are highly encouraged to visit TLU’s campus during a Transfer Day. This event is for transfer students at any stage of the application process looking to gain admission to TLU. Transfer Days provide prospective students the opportunity to see campus and hear about the admissions and financial aid processes, complete their application for admission, and receive a preliminary transcript evaluation showing which courses transfer to TLU. Students that have completed all of their documents prior to/during a Transfer Day will receive a same-day admission decision (must have a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA for same-day decisions. Cumulative GPA’s below 2.75 will require up to 2 additional weeks).
Dates: November 2 and December 4
- 11 a.m. - 2 .p.m. Computer lab time for completing the ApplyTexas or Common Application. Admissions representatives on hand if you need assistance. Financial aid counselors also available to assist with the FAFSA.
- 1:45 p.m. Check-in
- 2 p.m. Campus tour with current students
- 3 p.m. Transfer student experience (panel of TLU transfer students)
- 3:30 p.m. Additional appointments (if needed): Receive a transcript evaluation, meet with an admissions representative on admission decision and/or meet with a financial aid counselor
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 are outlined at www.tlu.edu/titleix.
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.