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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 Course Topics.

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 and field. The teams are nicknamed the Norse. The college competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Profile of Luther College

Luther is found in Decorah, IA. Decorah is a rural site not far from an urban area. Applicants to the school are attracted by its Evangelical Lutheran Church identity. Luther is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Bachelor's degree at the school.

Course Topics

Luther is known for its programs in science, mathematics, music, and art studies.

Luther Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 540 and 650.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Luther has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 2, 476 in 2007 at Luther.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Luther offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Luther values student athletics, and belongs to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Luther Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts133English, political science, Spanish language, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, interdisciplinary studies, . . .
Science83biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management68business management, accounting, MIS
Nursing and Emergency Medicine42registered nursing
Education and Teaching39elementary school teaching
Media29communication studies
Art Studies27art studies
Therapy and Counselling26psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy25health and physical education, athletic trainer
Religion and Philosophy19religion, philosophy
Family and Social Work13social work
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science
Mathematics8statistics, mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Contact: Luther

Luther College

700 College Drive

Decorah, IA 52101-1045

General Phone: (563) 387-2000


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