Luther College

Luther College

Luther College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in Decorah, Iowa, United States. It was established as a men's seminary in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants. The main campus spreads across an area of 1,000 acres. U.S. News and World Report ranked Luther College 88th among the liberal arts colleges for 2008-2009. Luther is a member institute of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Annapolis Group. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Luther College's athletic department sponsors both men's and women's sports teams. They participate in sports such as softball, basketball, wrestling, and track & field. The teams are nicknamed the Norse. The college competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah , IA 52101-1045
General Phone: (563) 387-2000

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Luther Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts127African-American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Biblical languages, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Business and Management77business management, accounting, MIS
Science61biology, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching36elementary school teaching
Therapy and Counseling34psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine29registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27health and physical education, athletic trainer
Media23communication studies
Art Studies19art studies
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, religion
Family and Social Work13social work
Computer Science and Engineering9computer science
Mathematics8mathematics, statistics
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Luther in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree54636

Luther Student Body

In 2007-2008, Luther had a total enrollment of 2,476 students (2,727 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 44%
20-21 44%
22-24 9%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
South Dakota1%
North Dakota1%

Luther Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Luther Room and Board (2007)

Luther offers campus housing for 2,095 of its 2,727 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Decorah, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Luther Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal493648
SAT Math510670
SAT Writing500630
ACT Verbal2230
ACT Math2229
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT16%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Luther Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 31,070
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 31,070
Room and board $ 5,040
Room charge $ 2,420
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,620
Books and supplies $ 910
Other expenses $ 2,530

Financial Aid:
Luther participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 187400)

Luther Faculty

Luther has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2421
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1212

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year40$80,18216$79,861
Associate professoracademic year37$65,30123$65,891
Assistant professoracademic year30$54,04927$53,819
Instructoracademic year3$46,4276$44,686
All faculty totalacademic year110$67,12972$62,701

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Luther Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Luther Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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