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Luther College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
2,412
Total Undergrads
Including 59 Part-time
612
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division III (with football)

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

10
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $83,906)
9
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $67,559)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 157 146 - -
Baseball 37 - - -
Basketball 29 19 - Yes
Football 96 - - -
Golf 12 9 - Yes
Soccer 34 28 - Yes
Softball - 18 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 17 24 - -
Tennis 22 15 - Yes
Volleyball - 23 - -
Wrestling 40 - - -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.4%
Hispanic 2.3%
Non-resident alien 5.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 8.6%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 80.3%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 20 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Other
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 3
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 0

Notable Alumni

  • Adolph Herseth [Class of 1943], Principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1948,2001)
  • Cheryl Browne [Class of 1972], 1970 Miss Iowa pageant winner and Miss America competitor
  • Clarence Norman Brunsdale [Class of 1913], 24th governor and U.S. senator from North Dakota
  • Dagfinn Haringten [Class of 1979], Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Drew Curtis [Class of 1995], Founder of Fark.com
  • Eric Cutler [Class of 1999], Opera singer
  • Kurt Heinecke [Class of 1987], Primary music composer for the Veggie Tales series
  • Mark Johnson-Williams [Class of 1976], Co-designer of Tickle Me Elmo
  • Marty Haugen [Class of 1973], Composer of sacred music (Holden Evening Prayer)
  • Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus [Class of 1903], 20th governor of Minnesota
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Jessica
  • 4
  • In most cases, students must live on campus for through their junior year. Though not the most luxurious dorm rooms in the country, the freshmen dorms are known to create…

  • Jan-10-2012 Read More
  • Taylor from De, IA
  • 5
  • the sophomore and junior dorm buildings have just been remodeled, and even the oldest dorm buildings are up to par. the ras are always friendly, and there is just an…

  • Jan-20-2012 Read More
  • Danielle from Decorah, IA
  • 4
  • luther does a great job of creating community in the dorms for your first year. the dorms are pretty clean and okay. i lived in brandt which is very nice.…

  • Jan-28-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Alexandra from Cedar Falls, IA
  • Jan-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Luther College provides several different options for meals in the cafeteria. There are at least seven different food stations, all of them including healthy options. They make it a point to cater to everyone and have something everyone can enjoy, including a separate gluten-free line.

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  • 3
  • Jennifer from Saint Paul, MN
  • Jan-17-2014 I am a current student here

    It's just food. A little repetitive at times, but you'll get used to it. Warning: If you want macaroni and cheese with chicken nuggets, be prepared to stand in a line for 10+ minutes.

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  • 2
  • Norse Student
  • Jan-14-2014 I am a current student here

    Coming from someone who enjoys making their own food. The food at Luther was a drastic change. It is the normal that everyone complains about the cafeteria either because the food or because they secretly want mom's home cooked meal. However, the food in the cafeteria has been slowly improving to the point that I am looking forward to dinner everyday. Furthermore, Luther College has three other dining areas that give good food once you're tired of the cafeteria.

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  • 3
  • Anthony from Blair, WI
  • Jan-14-2014 I am a current student here

    College food. Don't expect much and you'll be pleasantly surprised. However, the food service staff here is very interested in allowing the students to have active discussions about what foods/what method of food access are allowable and desired. For instance, our organic and locally grown food consumption has skyrocketed in the last decade. We grow a large amount of food at the Luther Gardens, which students are encouraged to be a part of.

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  • 5
  • Jessica from Decorah, IA
  • Oct-31-2013 I am a current student here

    Marty's, Oneota, the caf, the possibilities are unlimited! Not to mention the large selection of great off campus food.

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  • 5
  • Jessica from Prior Lake, MN
  • Sep-14-2013 I am a current student here

    The food in the cafeteria is actually really great. Every day they have a grill (hamburgers, fries etc.), salad bar, pasta bar, sandwich counter, a main entree line, fresh fruit, a simple servings line (gluten-free, etc.), cereal/other breakfast items, and stellar dessert. Online, they also have the entire week's menu, where you can plan what you're going to have (or what you did have) and it will show you the nutritional information. As far as other places to eat on campus, there is Marty's--a more laid-back, hang out spot, with more restaurant type food (taco salads, burgers, chicken, etc.), there is the coffee/ice cream/bakery shop, the C-store where you can buy some general food for snacks or a quick bite to eat, there is Oneota Market, and the Sunnyside Cafe. I'd have to say that the food here is pretty great. They also try to serve a lot of locally grown, organic, and gluten-free food so there is sure to be a lot of options.

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  • 4
  • Paige from St. Charles, MN
  • Aug-22-2013 I am a current student here

    I'll be honest, the cafeteria food is not the best. However, the cafeteria just got a makeover, so maybe the food has been improved also. There are also other options besides the cafeteria that I tend to find much more enjoyable and flexible to different meal plans.

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  • 3
  • Chris
  • Jul-23-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty typical, but nothing to get excited about. They do have an opinions board in every location though for constructive criticism.

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  • 5
  • Rachel from Onalaska, WI
  • Jul-15-2013 I am a current student here

    While cafeteria food is generally hard to get used to in the first year of college, at Luther the food is wonderful. There are so many options and many of the fruits and vegetables are locally grown. Fresh fruit and salad bar options every day, and a variety of good food. Sometimes there are theme nights where chefs will come in and make a treat. Oneota market is also a fabulous place to grab lunch, and has some great daily specials. Marty's has wonderful grill food, but the service can be a little slow. That being said, it is your classmates working there so you have to give them a little break.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Alexandra from Cedar Falls, IA
  • Jan-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The biggest honor society at Luther College is Phi Beta Kappa. This promotes excellence in liberal arts and sciences. Greek life is not a very big part of the college experience at Luther, but if a student wishes to be a part of a fraternity or sorority, there are several opportunities available.

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  • 0
  • Jessica from Prior Lake, MN
  • Sep-14-2013 I am a current student here

    There is a small Greek life on campus; however, it is not a big part of campus life, like it may be in some bigger universities. Many of the sororities/fraternizes on campus are community service based.

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  • 0
  • Dylan from Decorah, IA
  • Apr-09-2013 I am a current student here

    There are sororities and fraternities on campus. While not my thing, they're not overly obnoxious and they do contribute a lot of good to the school with events they sponsor.

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  • 0
  • Jen
  • Dec-04-2012 I am a current student here

    A couple sororitys and frats.

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  • 0
  • Melissa from MN
  • May-07-2012 I am a current student here

    There is an expanding Greek program. I personally am not familiar with what it all entails, but I have some friends that are.

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  • 0
  • Hannah from Reedsburg, WI
  • May-01-2012 I am a current student here

    Luther's Greek Life is not a big part of life on campus, but there are a few unchartered but school-approved sororities and fraternities on campus. The students in Greek Life tend to be friendly and energetic, as well as heavily involved with service and philanthropy.

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  • 0
  • Danielle from Decorah, IA
  • Jan-28-2012 I am a current student here

    greek life is not very vibrant at luther. there are a couple sororities and frats, but there aren't huge houses dedicated to them like at many universities. they hold parties and benefits, but don't make up a huge part of campus life.

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