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Reviews 636 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty save on campus. I'm a girl and I have no issues walking alone on campus. It was a shock this year when people started stealing money out of other people's personal belongings in the music building. A lot of people will leave their backpacks unattended, not worried anyone will touch them. That is how safe people feel at Luther. But this year however, someone caught on and felt the need to steal money from people's wallets.

I think there were 2 sexual harassment cases that were told to campus. Luther does a huge amount of things for rape and consent, especially for the first-years. I went to a sexual assault event this year hearing about people and their stories. The Luther community makes an effort to make people aware that they have resources.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would say my rating would be a 3.5. I lived in Brandt this last year and it was good. Most of the first-years live in Brandt. If you're involved with music, definitely get into Brandt. There are two other buildings first-years live in. Brandt is so conveniently placed on campus. It is super close to the library and the music building. It's not the newest building and you could tell because in my room the wood was chipping and they had some issues with fire drills. You're not allowed to have microwaves in your room unless for a specific health reason. I think that's good because it's a waste of energy. There is no air conditioning in Brandt but most of the year it is chilly so at least the heating works.

There aren't a lot of places for off campus housing. Most people live in Baker Village when they are seniors. Baker is a neighborhood close to campus where people can get 6 people to live in one house together. There are also apartments people can live in through the school. Other than that, you're stuck living on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't really have a big Greek Life impact at Luther. I've heard of one sorority and one fraternity that is underground. If you're interested in being involved with Greek Life, go to another school. I'm not even sure if there is a Greek house.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not really sure how to review the athletics because I barely am around any of the sports people. I'm in the musical area of campus and I've only been to one pep rally, one football game and the gym a couple of times. I would say there is a lot of school spirit. You always see Luther gear everywhere. The athletic facilities seem nice. They take good care of it. Other than that, you'd be better off asking someone involved with athletics. Keep in mind sports are not ranked super high for a school like Luther.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have been at Luther for one year and I would say my overall experience has been great. At first, it was hard to feel like I was a part of the campus, but I think the biggest thing to alleviate that is to get involved. It takes time to get used to a new home. I feel like Luther is my home now.

Luther is unique because a lot of the students enjoy nature and being outside. Chacos are super popular. There are many hiking trails, waterfalls and parks to visit in Deborah. It is a beautiful campus. If you want a crazy party scene keep in mind that there aren't a lot of things to do at night on weekends besides going downtown to eat a meal and drinking at the bar that accept 19 and older. If you appreciate concerts, Luther does put on productions on the weekends that are free to go to for students.

A lot of the kids here are involved with music. It's a huge part of school culture. I've noticed there are two sides to campus –the students in music and the ones in sports. To be honest, I rarely talk to anyone who isn't in a musical ensemble because I don't cross paths with them. All of the sports people tend to glob onto each other as well. In that sense, there are two huge gaps in student culture. People who aren't in music sometimes feel isolated, which I can understand because there are just so many people involved in a musical ensemble.

Christmas at Luther is a great experience where all of the choirs (and orchestra) put on a Christmas program. I was very fortunate to be in the orchestra this last year!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When it comes to sexual assault, they are very committed to helping you. But they disregard others. Some examples include ignoring verbal abuse and can be sexist as times. This is very frustrating because it makes it feel as if it's OK to verbally assault someone. Since it doesn't physically harm someone, the school chooses to ignore it. They need to be better at protecting ALL people who feel assaulted in any way.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses provide a wide range of subjects, and professors are mostly all trained to teach the given classes. This makes classes more enjoyable and most beneficial. Since Luther is a liberal arts college, it means students are required to take a variety of classes for the general requirements. Although it can be tedious at times, this produces well rounded students that many employees look for. Class sizes are great! Obviously some of the introduction/general courses can be bigger, but once a student narrows their desired major classes only get smaller and smaller.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I haven't personally been to the career center, they have come to some of my classes to show the many options they have. Luther has a large network that allows them to place students all over the country, and even some abroad! I also know since Decorah is near the twin cities, this is where many of the graduates are able to find jobs. Since I'm a first year, I haven't done much exploring in the career center/internship area, but I have heard good things!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Don't let the first year non air conditioned dorms scare you away. Once you're out of the freshman dorms, most of the other ones have AC. I think most people would say the Luther dorms are good enough, but not the BEST or the worst. The rooms in Brandt (first year) are the biggest, so that's nice. In Ylvisaker, they are pretty small, but not unbearable. If you are a spacious minded person, you should be able to sort the furniture in a way that makes the most room (my room is very spacious and I'm in Ylvi). In addition, the RAs are all really friendly and always willing to help. As for roommates, Luther does a good job at matching people up. Obviously not every match will be good, but if you answer the survey honestly and detailed, there really is not much to worry about. The towers, Dieseth and Miller, both have nice open kitchens as well (all the other dorms have kitchens as well!). Anyone is free to use it if they feel like making a home cooked meal. But it's important to keep in mind (first years) that no matter how great your roommate is, the first couple of weeks are the hardest. If you stick it out, make an effort to make friends, and go to events, chances are your first year will be great!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally am not a part of the Greek life on campus, but I know they do community service and sometimes throw events. I know you have to be a sophomore to pledge, and most friends I know who try to be in one, do get in. Unfortunately, I can't say much more about Greek life on the Luther Campus besides that.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am part of one of the varsity teams on campus, and from my experience I think the athletic program and support is very good. Many people come to basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, and the other events to come and support the teams. In addition, fans like to have a theme for fan section, so some games students will have a black out or a white out or Hawaiian night. It's so much fun! As an student-athlete, I first thought juggling to two could be difficult, but really it's not. Knowing I have practices and games on certain days and times makes me manage my time. Instead of procrastinating, I get the work done. I noticed when my team had two weeks off after the season ended, my school work time management got out of wack. As for coaches and professor understanding, both are very good at working together. My coach always understands if I will be late to practice because a trip in class or a lab that went long, and likewise, my professors are very understanding and always wish me luck if I have to leave class early because of a game. In fact, my coach has often said that academics always comes first. It really is awesome!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Luther College provides a wide range of activities to be a part of. This means students (especially first year) get many opportunities to connect with a lot of different people. I love that there are so many different events throughout just one week including concerts, plays, athletic games, clubs, and so many more. You could never be bored if you didn't want to! Also, I love the class sizes and classes in general. Professors here are very understanding and care about students. The professors even meet up and have coffee if you asked, and I know a lot of graduates who still communicate with their professors. As for classes, since Luther is a liberal arts school, students get the experience of taking a wide range of classes. This means students here get a well rounded education. Personally I've noticed how many of my classes connect with other classes. I find it very interesting and exciting! The beautiful campus is another bonus! Luther does a great job at giving work study out to students, and many of the students will do grounds and custodial. This means students get the opportunity to help keep the school clean, plus they get paid too! The town Luther is in is unlike most other places as well. Decorah's countless trails and springs make it fun to just go out on a hike, especially on this hot days. In addition, Decorah has the Upper Iowa river run through, and many students take advantage of this by tubing, kayaking, or just swimming. It's a great community as well!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not a member of a fraternity so I have no idea.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not a member of any sports team, so I know very little about them. I have many friends that participate in sports and I have never heard complaints from them, so I take that as a good thing.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The teachers are passionate and the community is very caring. I feel right at home here!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The counseling services and health services on campus provide students with everything they need to be healthy and safe both mentally and physically. Our campus security is always ready to help students in need no matter what the issue and they are always ready to walk a student back from studying to their dorm late at night or drive them where they need to go. Safety and health and well being are a priority on campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My professors are really accepting, understanding, and helpful. You can tell that they care about students want them to succeed and want to know their students on a personal level. Classes are challenging, but as long as you put the work and get a head of the game before you are struggling there is no reason for a student to not succeed.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is very important for the career center that they are focused on life after Luther, and the provide tons of work shops about resumes and various career fairs or summer work fairs to help student get to that next step in their life.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great. There a lot of options for upperclassmen to choose from. Overall, the living situation is a good one and the resident assistants are usually pretty great people.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a big part of campus. Most of the greek life is service related which is great! Those involved are always trying to give back or raise awareness of something. There is not a social divide between greeks or non-greeks. It is not a huge social scene one way or another.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Students on campus care about what is going on in the athletics of luther college. The entire student-athlete population is a community with each other. There is a lot of support for one another, and there is a lot of Luther Pride that goes one for both athletes and non-athletes (including intramurals)

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: College is always what you make of it. Being at Luther has provided me with opportunities to step out of my comfort zone, become a leader, and really tap into my potential. I am involved in athletics at school and my experience with the programs have been outstanding. They are helping me become more then an athlete but they are teaching me how to be an individual that is a good steward of the earth and all of those that live on it as well. Hard work is a priority but so fun and positivity.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a few very good sports teams and a very nice fitness facility but outside of the weight room and the pool the facilities need some work.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the classes I have taken so far have been extremely interesting and all the professors are very cool. In top of that, you can't beat the account of awesome people to meat here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't remember much about getting my housing, so it must have been pretty easy. The roommate lottery is not the best, but it could easily be worse.

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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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