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Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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 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.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You get a wide variety of people from looks to personality.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I chose Luther, because of the students and the atmosphere the students omit. It is great to attend a college where other students have similar interests- choral, dancing, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot more girls than guys. The people you meet here are all very sweet and helpful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 118th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 165th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 170th
    Smartest Guys
  • 193rd
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 197th
    Most Religious Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Hometown
Wausau, WI
Major
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Like it or not, Luther is the only place within about 30 miles to meet a large collection of 18- to 22-year-olds, so what you see is what you get. Then again, what most people see is the opportunity to find a person to date, not a face or a body. Most students will not have a made-up look every day and prefer to be comfortable and natural with who they are. Sleep and free time definitely come before primping for class for nearly all students. Living this simpler lifestyle might make you think that Luther students don’t care about their looks, but that all changes on going-out nights. There are plenty of beautiful people on campus, but most Luther students aren’t as concerned about their looks or those of others as much as they are about matching interests. As said before, those with similarities tend to hang out together and date each other, which isn’t that bad. With all the different types of people at Luther, someone is bound to catch your eye or vice versa.

In reality, Luther College seems to be an average collection of college students, and they look how young people are supposed to look. All fashions, lifestyles, and partner aspirations are welcome here. More importantly, they act how young people are supposed to act, and deeper connections are made. Most students on campus, when asked why they’re with their partner, will talk about how much they connect, rather than how hot the person is. That’s a standard that anyone can live with.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
56%
Male Undergrads
44%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Students can get an examination and prescription through the Student Health Service.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. In the Union
  2. In class
  3. At parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. House parties
  2. Dorm parties
  3. The library stacks
  4. Legends fitness center
  5. The tunnel between the Caf and the CFL
Social Scene
Luther will put students into groups before classes even start. The athletes will get to know each other (and opposite-sex athletes) a few weeks before classes begin in the fall, since football and volleyball players are invited to campus early. The church kids will all meet at the first contemporary campus worship service, FOCUS. If you're just into partying, it's tough to get into a circle of strangers without some kind of connection. There's no distinction between "popular" and "unpopular," it just depends on your study habits, major, and nightlife ambitions. It's not that a religious biology major can't hook up with the president of a female sorority . . . but it's a long shot.
Hookups or Relationships?
It depends on the crowd you fit in with: many of the students who are heavily involved in music or church will settle for a relationship only. If you're involved in a fraternity or a sport, one-night stands are very common and even accepted. Either way, when students arrive at school, couples tend to spring up, often with older male students going after younger females. This leaves the male first-years to complain about it and become jaded until they become sophomores, when the cycle will repeat itself. Hookups (and relationships) tend to happen the most over J-Term, as students have nothing to do but go to one class during the day and party every night.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Depends entirely on who you want to meet. If you're looking for a party girl/guy, a bar is probably your best bet. If you want somebody of your own religious persuasion, Chapel is never a bad call. It shouldn't be hard to figure out where your desired counterpart hangs out.
Dress Code
There's not so much a dress code at Luther as there is a "freedom of expression" code. Anything goes, at any time of year. Students will wear shorts and sandals year-round (even in sub-zero temps), and many students tend to dress down in sweatpants or vintage clothing. Costumes can also be popular: the casts of many of Luther's dramas will often wear their outfits to class in order to promote the productions. There are also those who make fashion statements by wearing the most bizarre ensemble possible (example: a suit and dress shirt with Big Bird slippers and a bathrobe) or by dressing to the nines (many of the female sorority students take great pride in accessories, tight tops, and eyeliner). By and large, most male and female students prefer the T-shirt and jeans look, with a sweatshirt or hat thrown on, depending on the season.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 33% None
  • 15% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 15% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 45% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 40% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 56% Class, dorm room halls
  • 33% Extra-curricular Activities
  • 11% Night Life

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Happiness
  • 17% Busy
  • 17% Involved
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