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Reviews 640 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I know I made the right choice. It's beautiful and everyone is easy to talk to and so welcoming.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Most of the time, sororities and frats are not too bad. They are in charge of a lot of fundraising and charities, which I really think they do a great job with. My only complaint is that they are very unwelcoming of those who are not in their group.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Luther highly regards their athletics programs, but they also do not focus too much on it. Luther does a great job balancing their appreciation for academics, athletics, and music. School spirit is widely spread for all activities, and students attend sports events regularly to support their peers.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Luther College is very down to earth, very connected to the Decorah community, and very involved in improving the environment through reducing their carbon footprint, recycling, and preserving nature. My favorite experience so far at Luther was my junior year, when I took a course on insects. The professor offered many opportunities to connect to the natural world around us through field trips and up-close and personal insects from the area and from around the world. I learned many new things about identifying and classifying insects as well as their importance and impact on the economy and their role in nature. This was very cool to experience as I learned to appreciate insects instead of fear them.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I always feel as though I am able to be engaged in the classes I attend. They are interesting and the teachers find ways to keep you motivated to learn in the classroom.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Getting a degree from Luther is extremely helpful when it comes to trying to get a job after school. Few people I know have any troubles finding work after they finish with their education at Luther.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most people can feel like they are really safe whenever they are on campus. The campus security staff is really nice and help all students in need as quickly as possible.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The first year dorms are haunting. Small, cramped, and no AC. Things seem to break down a lot. Beyond that the housing seems to be fine, just have to get past that first year. If you are okay with a little bit of a walk, the campus apartments are a good option.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I think we have like two sororities and maybe a fraternity? I can't even name what they are. They play little to no importance on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not many people seem to really care about the sports teams on campus. They still get support from the students because that's how Luther students are. But as a whole the athletics don't seem to be super successful. Unless we start talking about Ultimate Frisbee, there we have some cool guys!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Luther is a place that most students can call home. They feel safe there and like they are part of a great loving community. The professors really care about the students success and the students seem to care about their classmates. On top of this, the city of Decorah is absolutely beautiful. If you are ever bored in this town, you are missing out on a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes are not as challenging as other classes I have taken at bigger, higher level institutions. The professors are not as engaging. I do not feel compelled to change the world when I leave class, and that is something I used to feel when taking classes at universities that were more well-known. The small classroom sizes allow students to participate, however, the students are not very talkative and it just seems as though they chose to go to Luther because of the scholarship they received, and they did not want a small class size in the first place.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you decide to stay and live in the Midwest and Iowa, a degree from Luther is fine. However, if you are only getting a BA, do not go to Luther as many employers do not know where it is.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is a very safe environment. I have never felt scared to walk past people on campus or walk alone at night. As a young woman, I feel safe no matter what on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students end up picking this school so that they can play on one of the teams, and then the realize they made a mistake.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus is very safe. We have had some assaults and rapes unfortunately but it is very rare. I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is great, clean, and conveniently placed. Some buildings don't have air conditioning.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very popular or relevant on campus, but you can easily get into the few that are available.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Luther is like home to me. It is expensive, but I wouldn't want to go to school anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Luther is a private, liberal arts college, and it greatly emphasizes creating well-rounded, open-minded and academically excellent students. Thus, there is a wide variety of courses offered, and all courses approach academic material as it could be applied in real life, not merely in a classroom setting. Classes are small and personal, offering deep and tailored enrichment for each student, and free tutoring services are available through the school for every class. Professors at Luther are all deeply passionate and well-studied in their areas of expertise, and are very engaging and helpful, treating students more as partners in learning than merely as students. Professors are very flexible and almost always available outside of classroom hours to assist students.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being a liberal arts college, Luther offers a wide variety of majors and minors, all with wonderful programs of study. In particular, Luther has a very strong science program with ties to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The career center is very helpful and tailors its help with the use of the Five Strengths model of personality analysis. J-Term provides wonderful access to major/career-specific learning opportunities, both on campus and abroad.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Luther's campus is incredibly safe, and Campus Security is very easily accessible and willing to help in various different situations, including offering students free escorts to their dorms if they ever feel unsafe at nighttime hours. I personally have never experienced anything but kindness from anyone on campus and feel very safe at Luther during all hours of the day and night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing selection is a very detailed and thorough process intended to place students with both roommates and floor-mates with similar personalities and interests to create small communities in which students can feel comfortable and happy. Luther is a residential college, so everyone is guaranteed on-campus housing, and the housing selection process is based on class rank. The dorms are all better than most colleges, but some are more standard, or do not have air conditioning, while some are incredibly up-to-date and even borderline luxurious. Overall, with housing at Luther, you can't go wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a relatively small part of Luther's social scene, and the people who are involved are not exclusive and overall involvement in a sorority or fraternity mostly encompasses a title and nothing more, as the general student body can be involved in many of the Greek activities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not personally involved in sports, but the people who are participate with pride, even though Luther is a relatively small school. The general student population is also very supportive of both varsity and intramural sports, as any extracurricular participation is highly encouraged at Luther.


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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.

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