About Luther College

Founded in 1861, Luther College. is a Private college. Located in Iowa, which is a city setting in Iowa, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,169 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Luther College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 178 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Luther College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate67%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range928-1198
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,40% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 59% were in the top quarter, and 32% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Luther College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
31%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
31%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
56%
“We bought the gear”
13%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
31%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
69%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
94%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
19%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
19%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
31%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
31%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
56%
“We bought the gear”
13%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
31%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
69%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
94%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
19%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
19%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    83 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    63 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    84 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    84 Students rated campus facilities 4.6 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    84 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 82 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    84 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    84 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    84 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

Luther College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Luther College?

23 Students rated Luther College

Caitlyn - 03/18/2021

The beautiful campus and scenery are just additional pros of this school! With our smaller campus size, it is very easy to get to know other students. Professors are very supportive of our academic lives as well as our personal pursuits. Often students can be seen encouraging and educating their peers on important issues.

Toben - 11/18/2020

Luther was my first choice of college. Everything I\'ve done on campus has done nothing but exceeded my expectations. My professors are very understanding (especially during the Pandemic we live in now), and they always keep tabs on us. If I could come back and do my Master\'s degree here, I would without hesitation.

Hannah - 10/27/2020

Luther is a small town college with an extremely friendly environment. Everyone is friendly and neighborly. The small town of Decorah loves Luther and Luther loves its little town. There are plenty of philanthropy projects to help out the small town.

Samuel - 05/26/2020

Luther College was a great stepping stone in my educational journey. The professors and faculty and staff take pride in their work place and make sure to provide as much help as they can to their students so that they are able to comprehend the curriculum involved with each of their classes. The discussions are vibrant and comprehensive, the material interested the students to learn more, and the professors take pride in the subjects they taught. The cafeteria is good for the students as well. There are various options for students with different health needs such as gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian, and allergen free as well. The facilities at Luther College are outstanding. From our musical side to our sports facilities, both athletes and musicians appreciate the equipment and buildings available to them for their hobbies, inter murals, and sports. Also, Luther College as a wide range of elite coaches that will pour their lives into their coaching and sports. Each athlete here is given the necessary tools to become elite but it is also up to them to use those tools properly. Luther College is a wonderful private college to attend. As a student, I feel I not only learned from an academic standpoint, but from a personal worldview as well. The education provided strengthened my knowledge as student, but also as an everyday citizen within our world. The students that come here will leave with a wide variety of knowledge that will benefit them in whatever career path they wish to strive for.

Luther College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Luther College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Luther College is 67%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    My senior year was a stressful, worrisome time for me. Not only did I worry about the colleges I was applying for, and the cost of which college to go to, but I was extremely worried about my grades and expectations of my teachers. If I were to go back in time, to my senior year of highschool, I would tell myself not to worry as much. Being in college now, I wish I hadn't stressed so much in highschool. Life was much easier then, the stress levels minute compared to that of my college now. If I were to go back in time to my highschool senior self, I would tell me to enjoy the time I had left of my highschool career because college would be a mountain compared to the molehill that highschool was.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    Campus is huge for the size of the student population. The dorms are all very clean and nice looking. Liberal and eco-friendly!

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  4. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any person can attend my school. As a liberal arts establishment Luther College offers many academic programs, offering more than 60 majors, preprofessional, and certificate programs. The student body at Luther is small, about 2,500 students, but diverse in culture, values, and ethnicity. As a private college Luther also offers many opportunities for students of any type of financial background to help them obtain a Luther College education. With a somewhat small, but diverse, student body, a wide academic range, and the ability to provide financial aid for all walks of life Luther College opens their doors to anyone.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person that is hard working, accepting, and eager to try new things and live a life with other people eager just like them.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Luther College is a little slice of heaven located in the beautiful bluffs of Decorah, Iowa. It challenges a student intellectually while also providing opportuinities to leare essential life and social skills.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the lack of recognition Luther receives from the residents of Iowa. Perhaps understandably the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa seem to be the most well known schools in the state. Located in small town Decorah Luther College is not well known state wide. As a college that focuses stronlgy on academics Luther College strives for academic success and personal growth. I would like Luther College to receive more recognition throughout the state for its acadmemic history and prominence.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    We have great science facilities and athletic facilities. I am recieving a high quality education. Luther Alumni are all over the world.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that college was more than just good grades and hard classes, and that it wasn't as impossible as it seemed. I wish I had known that I didn't need to be so scared and stressed out because there are so many people to help you there and all you need to do is take it one day at a time.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Musical programs

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  11. Describe the students at your school.

    MOST are super friendly. Like to go out to the bars, but they still focus on their school work. Diverse interests. Mostly upper middle class. Most from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Illinois.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    You can be involved in many activities

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Professors are sometimes overzealous in assigning reading requirements. In essence there will be days where one seems bogged down with homework, and then suddenly have nothing to do.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

2,169

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

70%

Out-Of-State

23%

In-State

7%

International

Organizations

90

Student Organizations

1

Fraternities

3

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

87%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
82%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Luther College receive some sort of financial aid. 19% were awarded federal grants. While 65% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$40,040

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,040

Books and Supplies

$8,500

Room and Board

49,580

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,762
$30 - $48K
$20,199
$48 - $75K
$22,099
$75 - $110K
$25,213
$110K & UP
$28,416

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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