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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
    B+
  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 1,977 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Luther acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Biology, Music History and Literature, and Business. Graduating 79% of students, Luther alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,800.
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
American Rivers Conference

Luther College Rankings

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

Luther Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1310
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$24,688/ 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
$29,357/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,977Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
28
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Involved
    24%
  • Happiness
    21%
  • Down-to-earth
    18%
  • Kind
    15%
  • Busy
    9%
  • Hipsters
    9%
  • Judgemental and Rude
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.60 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Home
    49%
  • Beautiful (people, campus, professors, programs)
    27%
  • Academic
    11%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Literal Hell
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,400/ 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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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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The college is absolutely beautiful and a majority of the teachers are amazing. The theatre and music departments are strong and have amazing professors. I would say to check ratemyprofessors.com in order to really get student's opinion. There isn't much diversity on campus, considering that the college is in small-town Iowa. However, I can see that the professors are welcoming to all students of different backgrounds. Decorah is a cute town with bigger cities about an hour away. My experience at Luther has been great so far and have been getting a strong education here. I would definitely recommend coming to Luther for a personalized education with good relationships with professors.
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!