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Luther College Decorah

The college's learning philosophy highlights connections between disciplines. Its thoughtful and rigorous curriculum moves beyond immediate interests toward engagement in the larger world.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Business & Management (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



On October 10, 1857, the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC) created a college to supply ministers for Norwegian congregations in the Upper Midwest. Until the college was established in 1861, students studied at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. On October 14, 1859, the Rev. Peter Laurentius Larsen was appointed professor to the Norwegian students at Concordia by the NELC.


Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. The college’s learning philosophy highlights connections between disciplines. Its thoughtful and rigorous curriculum moves beyond immediate interests toward engagement in the larger world. 


The demands for accurate and timely institutional information, both internally and externally, are great; the Office of Assessment & Institutional Research (AIR), established in 2003, serves the college by addressing this need through the gathering, interpreting, and sharing of data.


The Career Center will help when you need help finding an internship, landing a job, or choosing a major. The Diversity Center invites students of all backgrounds to drop in for support and conversation.

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Student services

The Luther staff is here to support all facets of your life as a student. A comprehensive outpatient health clinic keeps you strong in body, a registered dietitian is available to assist you with eating and nutrition concerns, and a counseling service is available to keep you equally strong in spirit. 

Housing services

Luther lies at the edge of Decorah, a small town situated in the hilly driftless region of the Midwestern United States. The Upper Iowa River flows through the lower portion of the nearly 200-acre (81 ha) central campus. The college owns an adjoining 800 acres (320 ha) devoted to environmental research, biological studies, and recreation.

Student Life

Campus life

Luther’s central campus, situated on nearly 200 acres of limestone bluff country, comprises eight major academic buildings, seven residence halls, one village of townhouses, a state-of-the-art athletic complex—including a brand-new aquatic center—and a bustling student union. At the heart of it all sits Bentdahl Commons, a campus green that acts as a gathering space for the Luther community. Connected by curving sidewalks, Luther’s central campus has the distinction of reflecting historic landscape design, mapped in the early 1900s by renowned architect Jens Jensen.

Sports facilities

The Recreational Services Program provides a variety of structured and non-structured programs to enhance the educational mission of the college by encouraging the development of active, healthy lifestyles within a wellness model

Student clubs

The student activities program provides students with opportunities to engage in cultural, educational, social and recreational activities, which are an integral part of the living-learning community at Luther. Students develop their talents and abilities in leadership and teamwork through their participation


The accredited athletic training curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The bachelor's degree is the highest degree awarded. The college is professionally approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the American Chemical Society and is approved by the American Association of University Women.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The courses that I am studying are really great programs, the teachers are exceptional and he classes offered are really nice and overall the programs are more than I expected. If you're hoping for anything exceptional outside of academics you will be let down. Luther is great at academics but is sub par at most living spaces, food, and any activity outside of sports. I...

Luther College is worth the money!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The community on campus is amazing. The professors enjoy teaching their students. The cost is always raising, and it was already too high.

Decorah, Iowa, United States