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Luther College
Decorah, IA
Luther is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded as a college for men in 1861, it adopted coeducation in 1936. Its 800-acre campus is located in Decorah, 15 miles south of the Minnesota border.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,169
   Women 1,199 (55.3%)
   Men 970 (44.7%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 68% of 3,856 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.66
SAT Math 567 average
480-625 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 520 average
448-573 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
23-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $52,595
  Tuition and Fees $40,040
  Room and Board $8,500
Average Percent of Need Met 92%
Average Freshman Award $35,228
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 177
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Decorah Population 8,089
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 90% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Sororities 2% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.7% Asian
2.2% Black/African-American
4.9% Hispanic/Latino
2.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
88.2% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students 6.6% from 69 countries
First-Year Students Returning 84.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 71.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 16.3%