Luther College

700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101-1045
Tel: (563)387-2000
Private, non-profit | 2,519 students
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Luther College Photo #1 - True Student-Athletes While Luther has won a staggering 229 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) titles and produced 312 All-Americans, our student-athletes have also earned 38 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, 56 CoSIDA Academic All-American awards, and 1,673 IIAC All-Academic Team honors. Athletics at Luther support and strengthen our academic program.
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Luther College Photo #1 - True Student-Athletes While Luther has won a staggering 229 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) titles and produced 312 All-Americans, our student-athletes have also earned 38 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, 56 CoSIDA Academic All-American awards, and 1,673 IIAC All-Academic Team honors. Athletics at Luther support and strengthen our academic program.
Luther College Photo #2 - Broaden Your Perspectives Nearly 75% of Luther students study abroad prior to graduation, ranking Luther among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad. More than 400 Luther students participate in international study each year.
Luther College Photo #3 - A Superior Academic Reputation Luther is recognized as a Phi Beta Kappa institution, an accolade reserved for only the top 10 percent of colleges and universities nationwide, and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Luther as a top tier national liberal arts college in its "America's Best Colleges" guide.
Luther College Photo #4 - Engaged Students and Faculty Faculty and students share a passion for learning that begins in the classroom and is continually nurtured through avenues such as academic advising, collaborative research, and independent study. Luther boasts a low 12:1 student to faculty ratio.
Luther College Photo #5 - Preserving Our Environment Recognized as one of the most sustainable schools in the nation, Luther has attained a STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) silver rating, a Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, and a listing as a top green college in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.
Luther College Photo #6 - Luther's Sound Experience Luther's world renowned music program features six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, and two jazz bands. Nearly 1,000 student-musicians participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes.
Luther College Photo #7 - The Perfect College Town Located in Northeast Iowa, Decorah is an ideal college town. With an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, and an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, students appreciate this vibrant community. Forbes magazine recently ranked Decorah fourth on its 2013 list of "America's Prettiest Towns."
Luther College Photo #8 - Noteworthy Scholastic Achievement Graduates of Luther regularly compete for and earn prestigious awards such as Fulbright, Udall, Goldwater, McElroy, NCAA Postgraduate, and Rhodes scholarships.
Luther College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

School Overview:

Luther College
CountyWinneshiek County, IA
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
204 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,519 students1,633 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
-2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
-3%
% Black
-6%
% White
-84%
% Two or more races
-2%
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$36,100$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$36,100$24,744
 
Total Dormitory Capacity2,121571
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid98%96%
Percent Admitted70%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)450-605450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)500-620460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)450-595440-570
ACT English (25-75%)23-3019-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2818-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)23-2820-25

School Notes:

  • Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. Its mission statement emphasizes faith, leadership, and community service. Luther College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in its educational programs and activities.
  • Central to Luther's facilities is its beautiful 800-acre campus. Chief among the academic facilities is Preus Library, a superior small-college library containing more than 330,000 volumes. Modern, well-equipped laboratories in Valders Hall of Science are supplemented by several other science-teaching facilities on campus: a greenhouse, a live-animal center, a human anatomy lab, a natural history museum, and a psychology sleep laboratory. Luther College maintains radio station KWLC-AM, and the college's affiliate station, KLSE-FM, is part of the Minnesota Public Radio network.
  • The Franklin W. Olin Building, completed in 1995, is a state-of-the-art academic facility which houses the departments of economics and business, mathematics, and computer science. The Center for Faith and Life (CFL) houses a 1,600-seat auditorium for the performing arts. Available for recreational use and for the physical education program are 12 outdoor tennis courts; an eight-lane, polyurethane, 400-meter track; a downhill ski area; numerous cross-country ski trails; and 15 acres of intramural fields.
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