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5 College Junior

Diversity: While the diversity on campus may appear small compared to other larger colleges, Luther prides itself in the diversity we do have on campus. I have been to the ethnic arts festivals and dinners. There are many activities that aim to show diversity and how beautiful it is when other cultures come together.

4 College Junior

Diversity: We have a lot of international students and they all have clubs and participate in everything!

4 College Junior

Diversity: My college makes an effort to be open and welcoming to everybody. Students who oppose this are normally met with general disapproval.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Luther attracts a fair amount of international students for its size (2000 students). The students are very open and accepting of people of all races and religions, and Luther is actually known for being progressive in terms of accepting gender orientations; it has a long history of accepting gay students and still attracts them. Luther is ELCA affiliated and many students are involved in the college ministries department, but they are still very accepting of people of different religions and in actually incourages them, because nothing builds more awareness in students of the world that we live in than diversity.


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William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Luther is a small town college in Iowa, surrounded by corn, the river, and endless prairie. It’s amazing that anyone wants to come here. Even with all those factors working against it, Luther has a fairly diverse population on all scales: financially, sexually, and even nationality. There are a lot of students from foreign nations like Ghana and Rwanda, but almost all speak perfect English and love American culture. Sexually, Luther College has no position on a student’s lifestyle choice, but gay students are very present on campus. There are students at Luther who don’t like this type of diversity, and that clash of ideals can erupt at times, but that could happen anywhere.

Economically, it’s a bit trickier, since the student body is limited by those able to afford tuition—even the maximum merit scholarship package can still leave a hefty gap to be covered. This means that Luther students tend to come from a higher economic bracket than at some other schools, although this is by no means a written law, and with the right scholarships, anyone can make it work out. By and large, students are tolerant and respectful of others, no matter what the differences are. Luther takes the idea of a liberal education seriously and works hard to be a learning experience in every way. It’s likely you’ll become more tolerant of other cultures in your time here and learn to see everyone for their individual qualities, not their bank account or skin color.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 8%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 92%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Luther College has a wonderful campus for students who wish to seek same-sex partners. They don't dominate the campus by any means (rough estimates show that eight percent of Luther is homosexual, hardly a majority), but they are seen and heard. For the student who is curious or thinking of coming out, there is the campus PRIDE group.
Political Activity
Luther is a liberal campus by nature, but the College Republicans and Democrats are both active groups that work to raise awareness and support for their causes and candidates. Be prepared to hear a lot of talk about politics whenever an election rolls around.
Economic Status
Students come from upper-middle-class families; someone has to pay that 35 grand a year. Many migrate from the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Des Moines/Ames, but there is a fair share of small-town kids as well.
Most Common Religions
Lutherans dominate the campus, as you might expect. Catholics, Baptists, and atheists are also well represented.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Luther has a minority outreach program, mostly catering to students from other nations. There is also the ZXY fraternity, which is a diversity and minority acceptance organization.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 38% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 56% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 17 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 25% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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