Luther is a small town college in Iowa, surrounded by corn, the river, and endless prairie. It’s amazing that anyone wants to come here. Even with all those factors working against it, Luther has a fairly diverse population on all scales: financially, sexually, and even nationality. There are a lot of students from foreign nations like Ghana and Rwanda, but almost all speak perfect English and love American culture. Sexually, Luther College has no position on a student’s lifestyle choice, but gay students are very present on campus. There are students at Luther who don’t like this type of diversity, and that clash of ideals can erupt at times, but that could happen anywhere.
Economically, it’s a bit trickier, since the student body is limited by those able to afford tuition—even the maximum merit scholarship package can still leave a hefty gap to be covered. This means that Luther students tend to come from a higher economic bracket than at some other schools, although this is by no means a written law, and with the right scholarships, anyone can make it work out. By and large, students are tolerant and respectful of others, no matter what the differences are. Luther takes the idea of a liberal education seriously and works hard to be a learning experience in every way. It’s likely you’ll become more tolerant of other cultures in your time here and learn to see everyone for their individual qualities, not their bank account or skin color.