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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  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 2,131 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Luther acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Biology, Business Administration and Management, and Music History and Literature. Graduating 79% of students, Luther alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,300.
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
68%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
928-1198
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,404/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,762/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,199/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,099/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,213/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,416/ year
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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.50 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,131Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Happiness
    23%
  • Involved
    20%
  • Down-to-earth
    17%
  • Kind
    13%
  • Busy
    10%
  • Hipsters
    10%
  • Musical
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
65%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.55 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.62 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Home
    56%
  • Beautiful (people, campus, professors, programs)
    25%
  • Academic
    13%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
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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Luther College Reviews

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Luther College has a very friendly community atmosphere.The professors, and staff really care about their students, and encourage their success. The liberal arts curriculum encourages study in a variety of areas which is great for the student diverse passions and interests. Luther students are extremely active in on campus activities and organizations, and are active in volunteering and promoting causes they believe in. I appreciate Luther's diversity, with a large international student population, but I often find myself wishing there was more diversity in experience and opinion in my classes.
Working with the housing system at Luther was not always the easiest or best experience when trying to manage toxic rooming situations, and think the housing application should be updated, and procedures changed to give students more flexibility.
Overall, I have had a good experience at Luther, and hope that it will only improve in the years to come.
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I think it's a great college. The community is so welcoming and everyone is amazing! I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking at the smaller colleges. There's something for everyone, athletics, music, great academics, theater, there are tons of clubs and other opportunities for you to find your scene!
Luther college has a lovely campus with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy! The first year dorms are separated into an athlete dorm, a arts oriented dorm, and an outdoors man dorm which allows you to meet with people you have things in common with immediately! The only issue I have with Luther is that there is little to no diversity, with only 25 black or mixed females attending within the full 4 years, resulting in only 1% of students being female students with African-american heritage.