Luther College

Decorah, IA, USA
4.08 Average Rating

Founded by Norwegian immigrants, Luther College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Iowa affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Luther confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic majors and preprofessional programs. For students interested in music performance, Luther hosts six choral and 11 instrumental ensembles. As a sustainable institution, Luther is home to a wind turbine, student-run organic garden, and one of the largest solar fields in Iowa.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
65%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
23%
Out-Of-State Students
71%
87%
Submitting ACT
11%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 26
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1222
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Bachelor's
Total Number of Students
2,053
Total Number of Undergrads
2,053
Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
58%
20-39 Students
39%
40-99 Students
1%
0
100
69%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
77%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
11:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$25,273
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$42,290
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$42,290
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,460
Books and Supplies
$1040

Aid & Grants

0
100
94%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
18%
Average Aid Per Year
$26,533
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
18%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$6,559
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$24,650

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
67%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,720
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$26,193
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$287
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
45%
55%
Student Organizations
99
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
93%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Norse
School Colors
Blue/White
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Employed
6 mos. after graduation
65%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$53,200
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What Students Are Saying

4.08 Average Rating
Luther is an outstanding private liberal arts college. The faculty and students are friendly, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. From taking interesting classes to exploring the quaint town of Decorah, Iowa, Luther students certainly enjoy a great college experience; spend four years at Luther, and learn to bleed blue.
Jessica
The most important and valuable thing to me that I've found here is the close knit community. Everyone here cares about everyone on campus, in Decorah, and in the world. It's really allowed me to meet some of the nicest people I've ever met!
Emily from River Falls, WI
Luther is a beautiful, small town college with lots of great things going for it. All of the facilities are very nice, the teachers care about the students and the surrounding area is very supportive of the school. It's a great place to go if you're looking for a more intimate atmosphere with plenty of opportunities.
Sadie
Luther College provides a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all students. All the staff makes everyone who enters the campus feel welcome and that they belong here. Luther College cares about healthy lifestyle choices and sustainability by providing healthy meal options and composting as much as they can, rather than sending it to the dump and harming the environment.
Alexandra from Cedar Falls, IA
It has a great atmosphere, where I feel welcomed and at home. There are so many great activities and programs to be a part of such as, music ensembles, student-lead groups, and the outstanding nursing program. Since it is a smaller campus, you have more opportunity for one-on-one time with a teacher and/or tutor and it is really easy to get to know all sorts of different people.
Jessica from Prior Lake, MN

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