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New residential and commuter students are invited to participate in Luther Seminary's Orientation which takes place at the beginning of September. International Students are required to attend.
Orientation is an experience filled with community building, while sharing important information to support you as a student/scholar making the transition to theological education and Christian public leadership.
Pictured Identification cards are made for all registered students at the Library in Gullixson Hall. Distributed Learning (DL) students should get their Student ID card during their first intensive visit to campus.
The cards serve as:
  • Picture identification; and
  • Your library card to check out books
Replacement cards:
  • Cards lost or stolen have a $10 replacement fee, broken or damaged have a $2 replacement fee. Payment is made in the Business Office.
  • Replacement cards are available without a new photo from the Office of Technology.
The Immunization Form is required of all students and must be completed within forty-five days of commencement of the academic term for which you are registered. International Students will indicate this information on the Certificate of Health sent by ISSA prior to your arrival on campus.
Student Affairs
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55108
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires proof that all students born after 1956 and enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions. This form is designed to provide the school with the information required by the law and will be available for review by the Minnesota Department of Health and the local community health board.
Background checks are required of all students in every degree program by the end of their first semester.
There is more than one method to fulfill this requirement:
  • Ask your ELCA candidacy committee or denominational judicatory body to send a copy of a recent background check to Luther Seminary, Student Affairs office.
  • Complete a background check by logging into Castle Branch at  and follow the instructions. Students will click on the ‘Place Order’ button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Next, enter the Package Code LU20 in the box to continue with the process.
  • International Students: International students who were granted a student visa by a U.S. Consulate or Embassy and have not previously been in the U.S. may have fulfilled this requirement; contact the International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) office to verify.
Workshops are required of every student in a every degree program.  Completion of a Boundaries workshop is required before placement in a contextual learning site/internship. Free workshops are offered several times each year.  Documentation of successful participation is to be kept on file in the Dean of Students office.
Title IX Training is an annual requirement for the Luther Seminary community. Students will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online training program at the beginning of every Fall semester. Failure to complete the online training program within the allotted timeframe will result in a hold on your student account, meaning you will not be able to register for your next term.
As Luther Seminary fulfills our mission to educate leaders for Christian communities, we are committed to a work and learning environment free of harassment. To demonstrate our commitment and fulfill the requirements of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013, we are required to have every faculty member, staff member , and student complete a sexual harassment prevention training program.
This online education will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your years at Luther Seminary and beyond.
Because the Affordable Care Act has increased the health insurance options for students, Luther no longer offers its own student policy. Instead, students have multiple options for obtaining coverage:  
  • As a covered dependent under a group health policy of a spouse or of parents if under age 26.
  • An individual policy purchased directly from a private health insurer.
  • An individual policy purchased through the Marketplace at
  • Medicaid or other government programs if you qualify, based on your state of residence. 
All international students are required to have adequate medical insurance coverage throughout their time in the United States; details will be communicated by the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs.

The Student Affairs Office is located in Northwestern Hall, Suite 120.
Contact the Student Affairs Staff and participate in Student Groups 
Join us for free community meals held throughout the year in the Olson Campus Center. Watch MyLutherNet for announcements.

A variety of counseling resources are available to you as a student. The most obvious ones are features of your life within the seminary community. The seminary pastor, your faculty mentor, and the staff of Student Affairs are available for conversations and consultations.
Additional counseling resources are also available to you through the professional services of counselors in the Twin Cities. As the Dean of Student Life, I encourage you to make use of such professionals when you are ready to address more complicated issues in your life as a seminarian. Tending to our health and wholeness as real human beings is a necessary asset for ministry.
Counselors are available throughout the Twin Cities.
Interns and students at a distance may see a counselor where they live. Receipts for reimbursement of the out-of-pocket expense on a dollar-for-dollar basis (up to $300) may be submitted to the Dean of Student Life.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) walks students through all aspects of their studies here as well as upholding federal regulations. 
The ISSA office is committed to:
  • Identifying and walking with individuals for leadership development within the global church.
  • Providing advice on US federal regulations.
  • Monitoring and managing the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS).
  • Allocating and arranging for financial support and scholarship.
  • Providing  housing, health, and academic assistance or encouragement.
  • Ensuring the implementation of official policy issues about international student and scholar concerns.
  • Overseeing all support, services, and relevant programs for international students and scholars.
Read brief biographies about some of Luther's international students/scholars.
Officially recognized student groups have rights to reserve rooms for meetings, arrange for display tables on campus, obtain some clerical support from the Student Affairs office and have their group listed in the Student Group Directory on Inside Luther and/or have a link to a website.