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

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4 College Junior

Academics: The academic opportunities at my college are excellent. Talented professors, thoughtfully selected curriculum, and efficient registration processes leave students free to focus on learning without any distractions or undue day-to-day hurdles.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Poli-Sci major isn't too demanding of credit-hours, leaving me free to pursue minors and majors wherever else I like.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% Weston Noble - director, Nordic Choir and Concert Band
  • 14% Kurt Heinecke - primary composer, "Veggie Tales"
  • 14% Cheryl Browne - 1970 Miss Iowa
  • 7% Clarence Norman Brunsdale - former governor, U.S. senator (R-ND)
  • 7% Mark Johnson-Williams - co-designer, Tickle Me Elmo
  • 7% Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus - 20th Minnesota governor
  • 7% Callista Bisek-Gingrich - wife of Newt Gingrich
  • 7% Marty Haugen - composer of sacred music
  • 7% Arne M. Sorenson - president Marriott Interatonal
  • 0% Adolph Herseth - principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • 0% Jim Nussle - director, Congressional Budget Office
  • 0% Dagfinn Hoybråten - Norwegian politician
  • 0% Drew Curtis - founder of
  • 0% Eric Cutler - opera singer

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 24 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 6 responses

  • 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 5 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 80% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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