Tlu Admissions Essay Template

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 


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, 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.

Transfer Application

Contact Us

Phone: 830-372-8050
Toll-free Phone: 800-771-8521
Fax: 830-372-8096

Still have questions? 

Contact Elliott Powell
Associate Director for Transfer and Graduate 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.

Transfer Application

Application Deadlines- Fall 2018

  • Priority Deadline: June 15, 2018
  • Late Deadline: August 1, 2018

Required Documents

  • Application for admission: Common Application(Fall applicants only) or Apply Texas Application
  • 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

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.

Transfer Guidelines

  • 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.”


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 are outlined at

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

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