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3 College Senior

Diversity: The college is fairly diverse as they pride themselves in having international students attending school. Luther has a very open community to sexual orientation.. I mean come on, its a music first school

5 College Junior

Diversity: Luther is very strong in supporting diversity and acceptance in regard to ethnic/racial diversity, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and/or sexual orientation. There are many groups around campus that are supporting and raising awareness of issues on campus and around the world. There are housing options available that focus on community building and raising awareness as well.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have met many students with different backgrounds and view them as friends now

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think that a lot of the students on campus are very open to anything but I do know that there are some students that are not open to some things.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a good amount of sexual and ethnic diversity here. Economic background is usually similar- mostly upper middle class. There is a range of religion- from studying to be in seminary to atheist.


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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 15 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 40% Moderate
  • 13% Liberal
  • 13% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 50% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 14 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 13 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 15 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 67% Very accepting.
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