Students Say

The 'gist' of Luther College is best summarized by the mission statement for Paideia (the required common courses for…students): the college encourages us to 'seek wisdom in community' by facilitating conversation and creating lasting relationships that extend beyond the walls of the classroom. Accordingly, "class sizes are great" for discussion, and the "intelligent and personable" professors at Luther "are always available and eager to hear your interests or concerns." "They are always a great resource, even for conversation outside of the course," says a student.

Overview

Applicants
603
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 600
SAT Math
490 - 610
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Students Say

The 'gist' of Luther College is best summarized by the mission statement for Paideia (the required common courses for…students): the college encourages us to 'seek wisdom in community' by facilitating conversation and creating lasting relationships that extend beyond the walls of the classroom. Accordingly, "class sizes are great" for discussion, and the "intelligent and personable" professors at Luther "are always available and eager to hear your interests or concerns." "They are always a great resource, even for conversation outside of the course," says a student. "They have made my experience at Luther much more personal and rich." "One of the advantages of a small school is the accessibility of faculty and staff." But such closeness is a double-edged sword; when students "miss a day of class, we get called or e-mailed to see where we were." Academic programs across the board receive high marks from students, but "particularly science and music" are seen as strengths of the college. The school also has a Writing Center and Student Academic Support Center, where students can go and find help when they are struggling academically. "Energy is also found in the college administration"; administrators are visible throughout campus and during school events, and they do "a great job of providing many opportunities for students outside academics." "If I'm studying and the president walks by, he will often stop to ask how I'm doing and what I am studying," says a sophomore. "The strong sense of community that everyone talks about really does exist here," says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
134
with Terminal Degree
73

69
Women
65
Men
3
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Alf Taylor
TN Governor

Robert Taylor
TN Governor

Francis Gary Powers
American pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down over former Soviet Union

Del Harris
NBA coach (Lakers, Mavericks)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,073

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,380

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,740

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,394

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,516

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,360
Required Fees
$900
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,394
Transportation for Commuters
$1,576

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

At Luther, "the typical student is white, Midwestern," and many are Lutheran. He or she is "middle-class," of "Scandinavian" descent, "generally friendly and courteous," "laid-back, easy-going," and "active, engaged, [and] excited about learning." "Everyone dresses pretty casually, and the blond and tan Barbie type is not very prominent." Many of this "Norwegian-sweater-wearing" crew hails from the suburbs of the Twin Cities and from all over Iowa, and there is an "increasing number [of] international students each year," which make up a large portion of the minority population. There are "intense music kids, students concerned with environmental issues, athletes, religious students." Students claim that the nice thing about Luther "is that all of these different kinds of students interact," as the school is "definitely not a 'cliquey' place."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
984
Out of State
35%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

5.64%
African-American
3.55%
Hispanic
86.94%
Caucasian
2.51%
International

60% female
40% male
35% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Luther is generally very relaxed and peaceful. Luther College "pays very much attention to the social life at Luther," and the art and music scene around town "is fantastic. There are many workshops and classes, in addition to live local music performances and poetry slams." "There is never a dull moment," and on any given day, students can "throw a Frisbee around on Library Lawn, try flying kites, or play nine square (which started as four square)." Everyone enjoys being outdoors, and "going hiking, biking, and canoeing on the Upper Iowa River," and "cross country skiing, caf tray sledding, and ice skating" are all popular pursuits throughout the seasons. "There is somewhat of a party scene at Luther," but "no more than at any other institution." For the drinking set, besides parties, "There are about two bars that most students go to." But there is plenty to do for the non-drinking set. Students credit the Student Activities Council with providing many entertainment options (and also giving the opportunity to create their own activities). There are a wide variety of options, and everything "is well done so you can't go wrong in your choice of which to attend. The only sad part is that you can't attend them all!" Off-campus, "although there isn't a huge amount of exciting things to do," downtown Decorah ("a small Midwestern town full of charm and life.") has many historic buildings and "numerous restaurants…that are crazy-affordable"—a good thing, as the food at the school "could be better."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
73%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
36
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Buffaloes)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Mountain Biking
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Buffaloes)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Mountain Biking
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: ETSU

Sustainability

Green Rating
62

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rita Booher
Campus visit coordinator

Address
P O Box 210
Milligan College, TN 37682

Phone
4234618730

Email
visits@milligan.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Gregory Center
Student Center
Residence Halls/ Dining Hall
Seeger Chapel
Gilliam Wellness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Roan Mountain
Watauga Lake
Downtown Jonesborough
Carter Fold
Laurel Falls

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 9:00-5:00
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
November and February

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
visits@milligan.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
One night provided per visiting student.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi; Nearest airport is Tri-Cities Regional Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
on Milligan website and given with confirmation email
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Key Stats

603
Applicants
984
Size
70%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

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