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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
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 www.fafsa.gov
- 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 tlu.edu/scholarships.
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 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 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, 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.
In the state where everything is bigger, Texas Lutheran University offers an unusually small and intimate alternative for higher education. Here, the undergraduate experience is the school's unwavering focus, with core courses and major fields designed to provide "a well rounded education in a supportive and close-knit community." Throughout the school, "classes are small," and discussion is encouraged in the classroom. "Instead of being one big lecture, education here is a two-way conversation" between Texas Lutheran teachers and their students. As at any college, "Different professors have different teaching styles," but most "know their subject areas well and are very passionate about whatever they teach." Many students agree that "The best professors are the ones who have had career experience in the area that they are teaching," and therefore "make class very interesting by relating the discussions in class to real life." Across the board, TLU professors "truly care about your…success as a student," "will work with you one-on-one, and will provide you with as much time as you need." The administration functions seamlessly, and "Enrolling, registering for classes, financial aid, and everything else is very easy" at this small private school. Icing on the cake: Texas Lutheran offers "great scholarships" for qualified students, and the school makes it "extremely easy to work out an acceptable financial aid package."
A largely local school, Texas Lutheran attracts lots of undergraduates from the San Antonio and Houston areas, as well as many legacy students, whose "family members attended TLU" before them. The school is affiliated with the Lutheran church, and many students "attend chapel or other religious events, but a fair amount do not." "For such a small campus, we have an incredible amount of diversity" of background and personality. "There is an organization for just about every person's interests on this campus," from Greek life to marching band. While students tend to make friends with similar interests, "There are athletes, nerds, musicians, and artists...all coexisting with each other" on the TLU campus. Overall, students say, "It is easy to fit in." From day one, "TLU makes the freshman experience easy because they integrate the upperclassman into the orientation so you start off knowing a good majority of the students." Enthusiastic members of the college community, TLU students are "very involved with clubs and activities on campus."
School work is first priority for most TLU undergrads, and "the average week day definitely consists of going to classes or labs and completing homework or assignments." In addition to academics, "Organizations on campus are very inclusive, and getting involved is a big thing about college life" at TLU. You'll find plenty of special interest clubs, faith groups, and "intramural sports going on all throughout the year." In particular, "The school does a wonderful job at getting students involved with the community through organizations and service projects." When it comes to social gatherings, "Sororities and frats host a lot of events," and the university brings students together for "band concerts, karaoke, or cook-outs." On this spirited campus, "Football games and other sporting events are especially popular among the students"—as is tailgating before a game. Though hometown Seguin may not be the most exciting outpost in Texas, many say its "fun to go to the nearby bowling alley or movie theater," or to simply "get together with friends and think of creative things to do." On sunny days, undergrads might "study outside on the lawn" or get a group together to go "tubing down the Guadalupe river." To escape the Seguin routine, "People of legal drinking age occasionally go to San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, or Austin for the nightlife."