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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Luther is a highly rated private, Christian college located in Decorah, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,014 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Luther acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Biology, Business, and Music History and Literature. Graduating 80% of students, Luther alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,800.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
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Luther College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1300
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$26,013/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,533/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,014Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
39
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Happiness
    21%
  • Involved
    21%
  • Down-to-earth
    18%
  • Kind
    15%
  • Busy
    9%
  • Hipsters
    9%
  • Musical
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
64%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.58 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Home
    51%
  • Beautiful (people, campus, professors, programs)
    26%
  • Academic
    11%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses
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My first year was an amazing wild ride! I am great friends with my roommates, I loved my music classes, and even found an interest in Norwegian. Luther College offers lots of different classes that expand on your learning and education. They also have wonderful and excellent staff! All of the professors want to know every single one of their students and they want them to succeed. The only thing I would like to see change is more availability in classes. The classes fill up extremely fast, so if you don't have an early registration time you don't have high chances of getting in the classes you want.
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When I applied to Luther College (due to a recommendation from a high school counselor), I thought I would be surrounded by cornfields. However after first stepping onto campus, I knew that Luther would be my home. It is nothing like I was expecting. Luther is located in the bluffs of the NE corner of Iowa, making it one of Iowa's hidden gems. I have never met so many people on campus who are genuinely friendly and caring to each person they meet. The community on campus has already offered me so many opportunities within my first couple of months away from home. I am so excited to see what Luther has in store for both me and future prospective students!
Luther is an amazing place for all people. Diversity of thought and students is incredible, school culture is wonderful, facilities are beautiful, and staff is helpful!