The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Great academic programs
  2. 2
    Friendly student body
  3. 3
    Beautiful, spacious campus
  4. 4
    Quick walks to essential student areas
  5. 5
    Safety of a small town
  6. 6
    Intelligent, thoughtful professors
  7. 7
    State of the art classroom facilities
  8. 8
    Small class sizes
  9. 9
    Community tolerance and respect
  10. 10
    Freedom to participate in multiple student activities

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
88% of students return after their first year.
Proven Success
77% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Easy Financial Aid Process
80% of students surveyed told us that the financial aid process went smoothly and they received the financial aid they needed.
Knowledgeable Professors
100% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
63% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
75% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
73% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Easy to Get By on a Student's Budget
60% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was better than average.
Safe Campus
83% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Campus Pride
53% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
70% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Learn from the Best
88% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 57% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Affordable Dorms
You can live on a budget with an average housing cost of only $3,120.
Cheap Living Off Campus
Off-campus housing is only $6,450 on average.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    Required on-campus housing for four years
  2. 2
    Outdated dorms for majority of students
  3. 3
    The price tag
  4. 4
    Lack of nightlife in Decorah
  5. 5
    "Luther Bubble," isolation from the rest of the world
  6. 6
    Unpredictable weather extremes
  7. 7
    Rural setting
  8. 8
    Crowded cafeteria during peak hours
  9. 9
    Parking structures and tickets
  10. 10
    Lack of sex appeal in dating scene

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $36,100, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Want a Job? On Your Own
There aren't any placement services for graduates.
Not Much Diversity
One of the least racially diverse campuses-only 14% of students are minorities.
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