New Student Scheduling

Welcome to Martin Luther College! The information found on these pages will help you get registered for the proper courses as you begin your study on top of the hill!

Important Information - Read First

Many specific instructions are shared on this page. Please read everything before starting the registration process.

Most importantly, please review …

Scheduling Video

You can watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide for how to use the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.

Note: New students do NOT need advisor approval to register as mentioned in the video.

Important Dates

  • June 27 | You should receive via mail instructions to register for your courses online.
  • June 27 - July 8 | Begin planning your schedule in the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.
  • June 27 - July 8 | MLC Scheduling Help Desk available for questions from 8 am - 4 pm CDT.
  • July 11 - July 15 | Online course registration is open. Please note the day and time for scheduling. The MLC Scheduling Help Desk is available from 8 am - 8 pm CDT.
  • July 19 | Make up day.

MLC Scheduling Help Desk

You can contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk by calling (507) 233-9156 ext. 279.

Scheduling Resources

The following are all online resources. These documents will be helpful in planning your courses. Use the page you are on right now as a “registration central” for your process. This site contains important instructions and links to help you with this process.

Program Plans

  • If you are a Pre-seminary student, your individualized program plan is included in your registration letter and is available on the MLC Portal under your directory page.
  • All Education majors can consult your specific program plans. Make sure to note the difference among the various programs - single secondary, elementary education only, early childhood, etc. Review the notes at the top of each program plan to understand how to read the plan.
  • If your program plan has changed from the academic program listed in your registration letter and you are scheduling classes in this new choice, you need to notify the MLC Records Office — Mrs. Kelly Diersen at 507-354-8221 ext. 222 or via email at

Other Resources

  • Before planning make sure to view the registration instructional video at the top of this page.
  • Consult Program Helps for specific information regarding your major. Read carefully to be aware of specific requirements for some courses (e.g. PE, math, vocal/choral, piano/organ). Secondary majors should pay attention to scheduling nuances noted in order to stay on track with their program.
  • The MLC Catalog may explain any questions you may have.

Planning Your Schedule

Log on to MLC Portal using your MLC Account username and password which you set up earlier. Contact MLC Network Services if you have issues logging in.

Select the Scheduling tab and then choose:

  1. Schedule Planner
  2. Select Preference for personal preference choices (you do not need to do this, but it may be helpful with first planning).
  3. Select Modify Courses to select courses and the semester you desire. Courses are in the middle and are organized by course number. To select semesters, click on the Add button pointing to the appropriate semester. To switch semesters you must delete one and add the other back in.
  4. Select Plan Schedule to develop a proposed schedule, being careful to note different semesters. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year. To switch between semesters in Plan Schedule, hover over 2022-23 Semester 1 in the upper right hand corner and select 2022-23 Semester 2.
  5. Select Make It Fit to design your schedule. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Clicking on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go back to Modify Courses to make changes, by either switching semesters or dropping a course and adding another one. Many first-year courses are offered both semesters.

Help tab is included. If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk at 507-233-9156 ext. 279.

Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal.

Basic Hints

  • Follow your program plan whenever possible. It is important to schedule certain major courses and electives as shown on your program plan as they may only be offered in alternate years. Consult the 5-Year Plan on the Portal to see when courses will be offered.
  • If a section closes, try flipping semesters or dropping the course and adding a substitute in its place.
  •  It is important to stay within the credit structure. You may not exceed 18 credits in a semester.
  • Some courses to consider if a section closes are HIS2113 Modern West, PED1301 Fitness for Life, Phy Ed activity courses, SCI1102 Physical Science, Keyboard (Education majors only), or courses in your major.
  • You may check for Advanced Placement in the Portal by July 8. If you sent your score to MLC, it will be credited to your program. You can check for this on the MLC Portal. Log in with your username and password and click “grades” to find “unofficial transcripts.” Any AP credits earned will be listed for the course(s) they represent.
  • If you are planning on competing in a collegiate sport, try to avoid evening courses in season. This may not be possible but could be helpful for your daily schedule.
  • When in doubt, use the MLC Scheduling Help Desk! We are here to help make this process as easy as possible.

Registration Day Procedure

You will be eligible to finalize your classes at your appointed time. Individual registration times will be posted under the Registration tab on the Portal. Times have been randomly assigned.

  • Click on Register on the Schedule Planner.
  • Click on Finalize Registration. This finalizes the registration process.

Scheduling Time

Scheduling times are staggered. Your time will remain open until you complete registration. You can find your time in the Schedule Planner. It is in your best interest to schedule at the appointed time. IF YOU DO NOT SCHEDULE BY THE MAKE-UP DATE, THE RECORDS OFFICE WILL SCHEDULE FOR YOU.

Academic Advisor Input

Your academic advisor will be in contact with you over the summer.  This will include providing feedback on your course selections. When you arrive on campus you will meet your advisor in person during Orientation and you will verify your class schedule.

Revision #11
Created Mon, Feb 22, 2021 6:44 PM by Bob Martens
Updated Mon, Jan 16, 2023 8:25 PM by Kelly Diersen