Sports at Luther are like your appendix: You can go your whole life without ever knowing they’re there. Both varsity and intramural sports are there if you want them, but they don’t play at all into the landscape of what defines a student. You won’t ever experience the large crowds, tailgating experiences, or team support that come at a state school, though many students do have those feelings for the Iowa Hawkeyes or the Minnesota Golden Gophers. If you’re looking into playing varsity sports yourself, but still want to be a student first, Luther could be the place for you.
Football and men’s basketball games draw the biggest crowds, especially for students looking for a lead-in to the weekend or an evening of partying. Many fans of larger sporting events find themselves disappointed in the teams though, as they’re not the most talented on campus, save for the women’s basketball team. In truth, most of the best teams on campus rarely compete in front of students—the wrestling, track and field, and cross country teams all routinely compete at nationals, and the swimming/diving team sets the bar for dedication and results across campus. Club sports, including rugby and Frisbee, also attract many players, and often go as far or further than varsity teams. However, although few students view sports as a way of life, many turn to them purely for recreation, which allows for ample intramurals. In any case, Luther sports played for the school or for fun are not going to dominate your life but can still be a wonderful experience.