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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Depending on the sport, performance is not as important. The football team finally won two games this last season

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great facilities that work well for people when they need it but overall we need to upgrade or expand to accomodate everyone we need.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't a huge thing here at Luther, we are more of a music school. But the gym is very nice and all the equipment is fairly new and it is kept clean and sanitary. I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week and whenever I go there are always other people using the equipment as well so it's never empty. We definitely do have school spirit, we try to go to most of the home games in each sport and cheer them on and have fun.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports here are not really a priority. More people attend choir concerts then football games. The college does not place a huge emphasis on athletics, although some of our teams actually do well in competition.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at Luther College are well-funded, but not extremely funded as they are at state schools. We have decent facilities, decent teams, and a competitive conference. Team sports are more accessible at Luther than they are at most colleges. For example, anyone can join the track team, and practice times are flexible. It's perfect for someone who just wants to exercise. All in all, I'd say we're above average.


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  • 584th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1054th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Sports at Luther are like your appendix: You can go your whole life without ever knowing they’re there. Both varsity and intramural sports are there if you want them, but they don’t play at all into the landscape of what defines a student. You won’t ever experience the large crowds, tailgating experiences, or team support that come at a state school, though many students do have those feelings for the Iowa Hawkeyes or the Minnesota Golden Gophers. If you’re looking into playing varsity sports yourself, but still want to be a student first, Luther could be the place for you.

Football and men’s basketball games draw the biggest crowds, especially for students looking for a lead-in to the weekend or an evening of partying. Many fans of larger sporting events find themselves disappointed in the teams though, as they’re not the most talented on campus, save for the women’s basketball team. In truth, most of the best teams on campus rarely compete in front of students—the wrestling, track and field, and cross country teams all routinely compete at nationals, and the swimming/diving team sets the bar for dedication and results across campus. Club sports, including rugby and Frisbee, also attract many players, and often go as far or further than varsity teams. However, although few students view sports as a way of life, many turn to them purely for recreation, which allows for ample intramurals. In any case, Luther sports played for the school or for fun are not going to dominate your life but can still be a wonderful experience.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
Basketball: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
The Norse
Men Playing Varsity Sports
337 - 33%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • 3x3 Sunday basketball 
  • Happy Gilmore Golf Tournament
  • Kickball tournament
  • Pickleball league
  • Racquetball (singles)
  • Soccer (6x6, 2-ball indoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis (singles, doubles) 
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball and Softball Fields
  • Carlson Stadium
  • Cross-Country Course
  • Legends Fitness for Life Center
  • Norse Swimming Pool
  • Oneota Golf and Country Club
  • Paul Solberg Wrestling Complex
  • Regents Center Gymnasium
  • Soccer Facilities
  • Sports and Recreation Center
  • Tennis Facilities
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball get their fair share of spectators, but the most beloved sports are cross country, track and field, swimming and diving, and wrestling.
Most Overlooked Teams
Although not technically a "school sport," the men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee teams are often overlooked.
School Spirit
School spirit at Luther is more about pride for the campus than athletics. You'd be hard-pressed to find a student without a single piece of Luther clothing. Many students routinely wear Luther sweatshirts, T-shirts, and hats to class, although this doesn't always transfer to wearing them outside of the Luther bubble. Most students support athletics at big games, and very few people publicly despise the campus.
Getting Tickets
They practically give them away-most every event will not charge Luther students admission.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Dunning's Springs and Pallisades Park have great trails and serve as excellent spots for day trips, picnics, and observing sunsets. The Trout Run Trail, recently completed, also has a great running path for students who wish to take a nature jog.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 83% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 39% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 18 responses

  • 17% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.


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