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.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church
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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.
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.
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.