Luther College

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700 College Drive

Decorah, IA 52101-1045

Phone: (563) 387-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Luther College is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,473, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Luther College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 94. Its tuition and fees are $37,450 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution affiliated with the Lutheran church (ELCA). One of the outstanding undergraduate institutions in the Midwest, Luther offers more than 60 majors, minors, pre-professional and special programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. A Phi Beta Kappa chapter attests the academic excellence of the college. Thirty-eight states and 47 countries are represented in the 2,500-member student body. The college's 1,000-acre campus provides ample room for student involvement, including 19 intercollegiate athletic squads, over 15 music ensembles, and more than 100 other student organizations and activities. Luther maintains a residential atmosphere, with more than 90 percent of students living on campus each of their four years.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1861
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $115,569,411


When applying to Luther College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Luther College is 12:1, and the school has 54.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Luther College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Music, General; Psychology, General; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Music, General 7%
Psychology, General 7%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5%

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Student Life

Luther College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,473, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 85.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14.8 percent of students live off campus. Luther College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,473
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Luther College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Luther College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Luther College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Luther College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Luther College, 71 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,503.

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Tuition and fees $37,450 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,850 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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