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
3,556
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 605
SAT Math
500 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

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
12:1
Total Faculty
255
with Terminal Degree
194

131
Men
124
Women
14
Minority
10
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lorenzo Creighton
President, New York New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Michael Osterholm
Director of the Center for Infectious Disease

Arne Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International

Brian Anderas
Creator of StoryPeople

Lois Hill
President, Lois Hill Jewelry

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,284

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,503

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,840

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,619

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,330
Required Fees
$150
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,040

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,610
Transportation for Commuters
$1,290

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds
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
2,473
Out of State

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

1.80%
Asian
1.46%
African-American
2.96%
Hispanic
91.55%
Caucasian
5.67%
International

56% female
44% male
98% are full time
2% 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
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
99
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
85
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
8

1% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Norse)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Norse)
11 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: N/A

Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

Luther College is a charter ACUPCC signatory, and the school has developed an in-depth strategic plan for institutional sustainability. In 2013, the college launched a Center for Sustainable Communities to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region. In terms of greenhouse emissions, Luther’s Board of Regents has pledged to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2015 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Investments in energy efficiency cut emissions by roughly a quarter already and major renewable energy projects added to an overall reduction in the college’s carbon footprint of over 40 percent. Geothermal energy heats and cools two of the facilities on campus, reducing Luther’s need for fossil fuel heating and cooling. Remarkably, Luther completed the construction of a 1.6 MW wind turbine which produces electricity equal to one third of Luther’s annual consumption. In addition, a 280-kilowatt solar photovoltaic field, the largest solar array in the state of Iowa, was recently installed on college property. The college fleet features both hybrids and biodiesel vehicles—the fuel for which is processed with waste oil from dining services. Sustainable food is also a priority at Luther with a student-run organic garden and 35 percent local food in the cafeteria last year. Luther is home to a thriving environmental studies major with a choice of three different concentrations: policy, environmental science, or design-your-own. The 950-acre campus is home to a variety of pond, river, and prairie ecosystems for hands-on study. Students can pursue multiple work-study and internship opportunities in sustainability ranging from environmental education in afterschool and summer Discovery Camps to outreach with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

Green Rating
91
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
22%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
97

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
54

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

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
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

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
Yes

Description
Dell Academic Program Macintosh Academic Program

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
Marty Berg
Supervisor of Campus Visits

Address
700 College Drive
Admissions
Decorah, IA 52101

Phone
(563) 387-1287

Email
admissions@luther.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marty's Cyber Cafe
Legends Fitness Center
The Cafeteria
Residence Hall Lounges
Sunnyside Cafe in the Center for the Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Parks
Trails
Mabe's Pizza
Whippy Dip
Magpie

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday; Saturdays (academic yr)
8 am - 5 pm M-F; 10 am - 1 pm Saturdays
(563) 387-1287

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@luther.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors only. Most dates, Sunday - Friday, during academic year.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hometown Taxi; LaCrosse, WI or Rochester, MN airports; Luther shuttle to Minneapolis Airport at college break times

Driving Instructions to Campus
Off of Hwy 52 North of the intersection with Hwy 9

Local Accommodations
Country Inn, Quality Inn, Super 8, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotel Winneshiek