Luther College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Decorah, IA
Website
www.luther.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
2,421
Part-Time Undergrads
52
Setting
Rural
In-State Tuition
$36,100
Out-of-State Tuition
$36,100
Room & Board
$6,450
Acceptance Rate
70 %
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Average SAT Scores
1400–1820
Average ACT Scores
23–28

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Great academic programs
  • Friendly student body
  • Beautiful, spacious campus
  • Quick walks to essential student areas

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Required on-campus housing for four years
  • Outdated dorms for majority of students
  • The price tag
  • Lack of nightlife in Decorah

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Luther Student Reviews

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The people work with you to get you into the school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The school tries to help those who are trying to get into programs.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is in good shape and beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities and campus are beautiful with great views and many nature excursions.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not enough choices, but there are a couple of good places.

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