Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are generally pretty nice but the off-campus housing system really makes it difficult for upperclassmen to begin learning what it means to be an adult. Also the housing is very expensive for what you get.

4 College Junior

Majors: We have a lot to choose from. I am extremely happy with my major so far. My advisor is within my major and he helps me with all sorts of things. I am not too worried about finding a job in my field... my dream job probably wont be the first job i get after graduation, but i am confident that Luther will prepare me to make my own way.

4 College Junior

Majors: Luther does not discriminate. If you want it, you certainly can reach for it. You have to work for what you want though.

4 College Junior

Academics: So many courses to pick from. Workload isn't any worse than many fine colleges. The curriculum is strong. You will get out what you put in.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are mostly pretty great and rather brilliant. Registration can sometimes be a stress, but help and advice is readily available. Luther has a great tutoring system that many take advantage of, and there are so many awesome study places on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our school is strict where it needs to be and lenient when appropriate. There are times, however, when mountains need not be made into mole hills. Seriously.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People dress however they wish to express themselves. Because of diversity, looks vary (in a good way). Relationships are all around whether they're friendly or intimate. Boys and girls are mostly very respectful towards one another.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Luther College is beautiful. Its an amazing community to be a part of.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Its clean, its not too small, its friendly, its beautiful, its exciting. The academics are top notch too.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Its a process... but its worth it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its a bit difficult to get approved for off-campus housing. Landlords can sometimes be tricky no matter where you are. If you're all for independence and that "off campus" feel, its great! and a lot of fun too!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its so much nicer than many colleges that i have visited. The social scene is great no matter where you are. Luther keeps their dorms super clean too!

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our school has many athletics to be involved in. Our school spirit very present and a lot of fun.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a lot of fun. There are so many majors, minors, and courses to choose from. People are so friendly. The food is great and there is always something fun to get involved in.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are so many countries represented at Luther College. There are a lot of diversity activities led by the diversity center; it is very easy to get involved and make new friends.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe and secure. However, campus security can seem a little too strict sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It varies from topic to topic, but probably the one thing Luther is most strict about are the research topics students choose, because they are extremely picky about what Luther's name appears on.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A lot of people either go to Pyramid, the club, or 'Scoe's, the near-by bar, but I don't really hit those scenes, so I can only tell about what I've heard.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The first thing that drew me to Luther is that I felt like it wasn't a school of "pretty people," meaning that nobody judges someone whether they wear makeup and high heels or not. You can see the entire spectrum, from guys that wear suits and ties everyday to students that wear the same thing to class as they did to bed the night before. And, best of all, they all interact with each other. There really isn't an issue with cliques.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They throw some parties, but for the most part it doesn't matter one way or the other if someone is a member in a sorority/fraternity in the social scene.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety from mongolian and chinese, to pizza (lots of pizza) to mexican. And most of the resaurants are locally owned. I personally like the lunch place: The Angry Pickle.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot of interaction between the town of Decorah and the student body of Luther. In fact, there is great culteral crossover for such a small town.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winter's can be harsh and sometimes there is a week of really nice weather in early spring to tease us and then it snows again for another week, but if you're use to the north-midwestern climate, it is nothing out of the ordinary. It's less windy than chicago and gets less snow than the Twin Cities.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is some underage drinking and sometimes you can smell the use of marijuana, but it is not very noticeable and there I've never been around people that pressure me into doing something that I don't want to do.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is so safe at Luther that many people feel comfortable leaving their laptops in study lounges if they need to go to the bathroom or grab something from their room. Even for longer periods of time. I've only ever heard of one person loosing their backpack for two days, and that was because someone else had thought that it was lost and had turned it into the lost and found.

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William Morris
Hometown
Wausau, WI
Major
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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The Luther bubble does a wonderful job of creating an experience that is not duplicated anywhere else, and many students hold that near to their hearts. The campus's small size allows for plenty of bonding and gives students support and a sense of community and common purpose. The College’s “liberal” bent has less to do with politics and more to do with personal choice. The College allows students to be creative and experiment on their own terms without punishing them for being different sexually, personally, or in terms of viewpoint. In the same way, professors at Luther are not about pushing their own ideas onto other students; they would rather present multiple viewpoints to you and let you make your own decision based on what you’ve learned. The community is also present outside of academics, and everyone is in the same boat at Luther. Despite the existence of a small Greek system, there is no real hierarchy at Luther over who rules the roost. If you’re looking for an Animal House-type experience or plan on living and dying based on the basketball team, you’ll be out of luck at Luther.

Many students love Luther for the simple fact that the bubble allows students to experience all kinds of fun. Academics aside, many students come here for the opportunity to perform in music, play sports, make a difference in student government, or contribute to the campus’s vibrant performing arts society. The workload at Luther and variety of majors allow students to get a great education and forget about it on the weekends, but that doesn’t mean every night has to be a party. Most professors place an emphasis on writing competence at Luther, which means you can expect more term papers than worksheets, especially if you’re in a writing-intensive major. Luther teaches students that although many of the best things can be found on campus, you should still venture into the unknown just to be sure. College is not about ivory towers, old brick buildings, and a false sense of importance; it’s about finding and creating yourself. For many students, there’s no better place to complete that project than Luther.

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