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5 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty darn good, but the registration process was really annoying and stressful.

4 College Senior

Academics: Everything is great. I have learned a lot, and grown closer to teachers. They have impacted me as a person and as a student. The workload can be a lot sometimes. There are a lot of great resources though to help, such as tutors, office hours, and more.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of various classes are offered at Luther.

5 College Freshman

Academics: You will get a fantastic education no matter what your area of study is. The workload can be heavy once in a while but it always helps you in the long run. The professors are always willing to help you with whatever you need also. If the office hours don't work for you, then they will schedule a time for you.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great to talk to and they do their best to help you understand everything.

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Luther is not Yale or Harvard, but you’d never know it by the way the College is respected by students, professors, alumni, and businesses. Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, one of the oldest academic honor societies in the United States, and is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Both students and professors take great responsibility in these honors and their continuation. One of the most important and distinctive aspects of Luther’s academic system is the Honor Code—no teachers will be in rooms where students are taking tests, which means that students are on their own moral honor not to cheat on exams. The workload can be heavy at times, but many students find relief by building their schedule around a mix of general education requirements and upper-level classes for their major—a general education class for every “smart class” on your schedule should make your life easier.

Most professors are relatively modest, well-educated Midwesterners who happen to enjoy student life and the community that a private liberal-arts college in “the middle of nowhere” provides. Professors at Luther are often eager to work with students, either in helping on schoolwork or completing projects together in mutual collaboration. In general, professors are very willing to work with students through sports events, deadlines, and the dreaded Christmas at Luther week. In all, Luther’s academic programs provide you with the academic rigor necessary to compete with any other college student but replaces the nose-in-the-air arrogance with a Norwegian sweater.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
182
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
67
Total FT Faculty
182
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$66,308
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
77%
Programs/Majors Offered
38
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 40%
  • 50 or More Students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 6%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Music History and Literature: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Franklin W. Olin building
  • Marty's in the basement of the Union
  • Oneota Coffee Shop
  • Preus Library
  • Sunnyside in the Center for the Arts
Tips to Succeed
  • But don't go overboard: A lot of Luther students go nuts partying in their first year. Just keep yourself under control.
  • Find a tutor: If there's a subject you're not doing as well in, the SASC (Student Academic Support Center) has student teachers in almost every subject who are willing to help. Many professors recommend them, especially for general-education requirements where students are less likely to be motivated to learn about a subject they could care less about.
  • If there's a class you want to get into and you don't have the pre-requisite, make an appointment to talk to the professor and see if there's anything they can do.
  • Keep up with the readings: If you get behind, it can be hard to catch up.
  • Notes and assignments are not suggestions: If you don't take class notes, you can't do the assignments. If you don't do the assignments, professors aren't just going to pass you for showing up.
  • Once you do that, get to know your professors. Schedule meetings with them to talk about your progress or subjects you're interested in. Many of the professors are eager to discuss ideas with students, and are easily approachable, especially when you have interest in their subject.
  • Once you're done with schoolwork, relax. Students can sometimes overload themselves with too much work, but taking a break is necessary for good health and a nice experience in college.
  • Shop around for professors by talking to other students or advisors. Course titles are sometimes misleading.
  • Speak up in class: Most classes have participation points, and they won't reward the person who sits in the back quietly.
  • Work all the time for an A: There are very few "easy" graders at Luther, and some teachers will look for reasons not to give you the best grade possible.
Did You Know?
  • "Paideia" is the ancient Greek word for education, and it's also the name of Luther's three-course interdisciplinary core curriculum. It involves English and history and covers ancient Greece and contemporary literature. It's generally despised among students, but is mandatory and a common bond among everyone.
  • Students are told to get lost during January! It's true: Luther's J-Term (January Term) is one of the most popular aspects of the College. For the whole month, everyone takes one course, which allows students to explore one subject in-depth for that time and be done with it. Before graduation, students are expected to take the initiative and spend at least one J-term learning out of the classroom, either in an internship, independent study, or on one of Luther's many J-term courses abroad. Popular destinations for January experiences include Hawaii, Ghana, Greece, Rome, London, and the Canary Islands.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 24 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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