Luther College

Luther College
700 College Dr
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Year Founded: 1861
President: Dr. Jenifer K. Ward
Enrollment: 2,053
Luther College

Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther College is an independent, residential, liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran church (ELCA). The college seeks students of all beliefs and backgrounds. Luther offers more than 60 majors, minors, preprofessional, and special programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. The college has a purposeful plan for learning that helps students grow in competence—and in wisdom. Learning at Luther is about engagement: faculty members who are passionate in their teaching and scholarship; students who are bright, active, and involved; and a college network characterized by personal attention, hands-on experiences, academic challenge, and community support.

Distinctive Facts & Features
  • Located in Decorah, IA, named one of “America’s Best Small Towns”
  • 95% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field
  • Home to one of the largest solar energy fields in Iowa
  • 2/3 of Luther students study abroad
  • Over 50 miles of trails run through and around Decorah for hiking, biking, and running
  • 90% of Luther students spend their weekend on campus attending athletic events and campus programs organized by the Student Activities Council
  • More than 800 students participate in a music ensemble
  • 42 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars
  • 8 Rhodes Scholars
Student Profile
  • Male: 44%
  • Female: 56%
  • Iowa Students: 24%
  • Out-of-State: 67%
  • International: 9%
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology
  • Management
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Number of Majors: 60+
  • Tuition: $44,070         
  • Room (based on a double room): $4,420
  • Board: $5,040
Financial Aid Data
  • Students with Demonstrated Financial Need: 65%
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $39,240
  • Percent Need Met (Need-Based Aid): 87%
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Full-time: 92% (based on IPEDs FTE)
  • Full-time with PhD/Terminal Degree: 95%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: NCAA Division III, IIAC
  • Students Participating in Intercollegiate Sports: 30%
  • Students Participating in Intramural or Club Sports: 1,700
Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: Over 90

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