States: 14
% to 4yr College: 95%
Students: 200
Average GPA: 3.46

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Koehler Returns Call

On Monday night, Dean Koehler returned the call to be the executive director at Calvary Academy in Florida. Please keep Calvary Academy in your prayers ...

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Experience MLS

"It fills me with gratitude to know that the men and women who work at MLS will, God-willing, help me to raise Christ-centered young men."


Michigan Lutheran Seminary, or MLS, provides an outstanding educational experience to equip students for Christian living and the public ministry. The mission and special purpose of Michigan Lutheran Seminary is to prepare high school students for the public ministry of the gospel, encouraging them to enroll in Martin Luther College, the WELS’ college of ministry. MLS is one of two synodical called worker preparatory schools. Michigan Lutheran Seminary encourages and teaches students through the grace of our Christian gospel, nurturing faith through regular and diverse worship opportunities and ministry experiences. Faculty, coaches, and staff teach and inspire each member of the Seminary Family evangelically as a redeemed child of God, using law and gospel through counseling, encouragement, and loving Christian discipline.

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Christian Education: Pressing on Toward the GoalMLS has a single course of study which is designed to equip every student to meet the enrollment requirements of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota. Students are required to complete a religion course each year. Each class is an opportunity for students to grow in grace through the Word of God in a way that builds up their faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Campus Map

Check out a map of our school grounds here. Or, better yet, come visit us in person.

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Applying to MLS

Apply to MLS Today! Application for enrollment at MLS may be made at any time during the year preceding the start of school.  It is best if applications can be submitted by the month of April prior to the new school year. There is no application fee. Click the TADS button below to get started.

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Project Titus

Since 1981, MLS students have traveled during summer months to cities in the U.S. and countries abroad. These trips offer an amazing opportunity for cross-cultural immersion and outreach. Students gain real-life experience in a mission field and are encouraged to continue their training for the public Gospel ministry. Check out the photo gallery for pictures of what our students got to do this past summer.

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Visit MLS

Plan Your Visit To Learn About MLSWe love having visitors! Michigan Lutheran Seminary welcomes people and families of all ages and places to visit our campus in Saginaw, Michigan. Most often, we have three types of visit requests. They are Shadowing a Student (stay in the dorms for a night and then follow a student around for a day of class), a School Visit & Tour (bring a group from your school to see the school), or attending an Open House (an event that provides parents and students to see firsthand what makes Michigan Lutheran Seminary special). The online registration form makes scheduling a visit quick and easy. Simply fill in a few boxes and your visit is planned.

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International Students

International Students (Outside of North America)

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The Arts

The MLS Arts Department creates for students the opportunity to develop understanding, skills, and values related to the performing arts. MLS offers a variety of opportunities for students to participate in music, theater, and the fine arts, using their gifts to the glory of their Lord and Savior.

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Dorm Life

Since many of our students come from areas where a daily commute is difficult or impossible, about two-thirds of the student body live in dorms. The dorms aren’t just a place to sleep, however. The dorms offer a unique and fun living experience, as students get to live together with their friends and learn how to take responsibility for their daily routines. If you get a chance, ask a dorm student about dance parties, sleepovers, and playing mafia.

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Campus & Student Life

Michigan Lutheran Seminary is a school that aims to focus all our endeavors around the Word of God. Students have the opportunity to worship in chapel in the morning and evening. They are blessed to have Christian professors and friends to love and support them in their daily lives. Every student is directed to God's riches in Christ who paid the ultimate price for our forgiveness and salvation. Student discipline is based on the two keystone doctrines found in the Bible: the law and the gospel. Sharing a common faith becomes evident in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in our student’s daily lives as we all grow in God's grace and in the knowledge of our Savior. God’s Word is our great heritage and is present in our students' lives on and off campus.

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These are some of the most common questions and answers about MLS.

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Christian Family Solutions

The mission of WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions is “healing and helping people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ.” This idea is the foundation for all we do and resonates throughout all of our programs and services.

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History In the late 19th century, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Michigan felt a need to train pastors to serve a growing number of congregations. They recognized the value of training their own pastors so that they would continue to have well-trained confessional pastors.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Each year, the MLS Governing Board reviews and updates the charges for tuition, room, & board. While published rates already reflect support provided by WELS and other donors, MLS also offers discounts for families with multiple students attending either MLS or MLC and makes annual financial aid distributions from the MLS Student Aid Fund, providing additional financial help to approximately 60% of the student body.

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Junior Cardinals

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MLS Food Service

Welcome to the MLS Dining Hall! As a staff we strive to provide all of our students, faculty and staff with tasty, nutritious meals and snacks. Whether it is educating students on varied sources of lean protein, or changing recipes to eliminate common allergens, we are available to guide students through our daily menu offerings to help them select items that will allow them to achieve their maximum potential on the athletic field and in the classroom.

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Homecoming Activities

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