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Luther College Overview

Located in Decorah, Iowa, Luther College is a private not-for-profit institution. Decorah is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Luther College Known For?

591 Undergraduate Awards
$30,676 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Luther is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Luther.
  • In 2017-2018, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Luther with a bachelor's degree make about $47,400 a year. That's 16% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Luther to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Luther College Rankings

Luther is ranked #417 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Luther.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Most Popular Germanic Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Luther has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Value Colleges for Music College Factual
#19 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Music College Factual
#52 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#61 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#66 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual

Where Is Luther College?

Location of Luther College

Contact details for Luther are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101-1045
Phone: 563-387-2000

How Do I Get Into Luther?

You can apply to Luther online at:

Admission Requirements for Luther

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Luther?

65% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 65%, Luther does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to Luther submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 503 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 665.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Luther College  ( 503 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Luther College  ( 520 to 665 )
Luther received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Luther College  ( 22 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Luther College  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Luther College  ( 23 to 28 )

Can I Afford Luther College?

$30,676 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Luther is $30,676. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Luther, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $8,788 a year. That adds up to $35,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Luther is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Luther College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,930 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,951 undergraduate students at Luther, with 1,930 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Luther

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,930 full-time undergraduates at Luther, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Luther

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Luther College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Luther Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 44
Hispanic or Latino 109
White 1,502
International Students 175
Other Races/Ethnicities 60

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Luther College. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 80 countries are represented at Luther. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Online Learning at Luther College

0 Took All Classes Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years

This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Luther regardless of major.

Luther College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 60 60
General Biology 50 50
Music 50 50
Child Development & Psychology 44 44
Nursing 34 34
Political Science & Government 27 27
Teacher Education Grade Specific 23 23
Computer Science 21 21
Accounting 19 19
Health & Physical Education 19 19
Communication & Media Studies 17 17
General English Literature 17 17
Social Work 17 17
Romance Languages 14 14
History 14 14
Health Sciences & Services 12 12
International Studies 12 12
Natural Resources Conservation 12 12
Germanic Languages 11 11
Mathematics 11 11
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 10 10
Information Science 10 10
Chemistry 9 9
Economics 9 9
Fine & Studio Arts 8 8
Statistics 7 7
Physics 7 7
Anthropology 7 7
Sociology 7 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 7
Religious Studies 6 6
Classical Languages & Literature 5 5
Allied Health Professions 5 5
Philosophy 5 5
Dance 3 3
Ethnic Studies 1 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 1
TOTAL 591 591


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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