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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.

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!

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

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.

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.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
Basketball: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
The Norse
Men Playing Varsity Sports
337 - 33%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • 3x3 Sunday basketball 
  • Happy Gilmore Golf Tournament
  • Kickball tournament
  • Pickleball league
  • Racquetball (singles)
  • Soccer (6x6, 2-ball indoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis (singles, doubles) 
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball and Softball Fields
  • Carlson Stadium
  • Cross-Country Course
  • Legends Fitness for Life Center
  • Norse Swimming Pool
  • Oneota Golf and Country Club
  • Paul Solberg Wrestling Complex
  • Regents Center Gymnasium
  • Soccer Facilities
  • Sports and Recreation Center
  • Tennis Facilities
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball get their fair share of spectators, but the most beloved sports are cross country, track and field, swimming and diving, and wrestling.
Most Overlooked Teams
Although not technically a "school sport," the men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee teams are often overlooked.
School Spirit
School spirit at Luther is more about pride for the campus than athletics. You'd be hard-pressed to find a student without a single piece of Luther clothing. Many students routinely wear Luther sweatshirts, T-shirts, and hats to class, although this doesn't always transfer to wearing them outside of the Luther bubble. Most students support athletics at big games, and very few people publicly despise the campus.
Getting Tickets
They practically give them away-most every event will not charge Luther students admission.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Dunning's Springs and Pallisades Park have great trails and serve as excellent spots for day trips, picnics, and observing sunsets. The Trout Run Trail, recently completed, also has a great running path for students who wish to take a nature jog.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 29% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 9% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 58 responses

  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 57 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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