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Luther College

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Medicine & Health (3)
Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther values its heritage, just as it values the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty, who hail from many faith backgrounds and heritages.


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. This approach to education helps Luther earn inclusion in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News and World Report’s college guide.


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 staff in the Career Center, in partnership with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, employers, and friends of Luther College support students as they become self-sufficient in the career planning process, leading to a meaningful life and satisfying work.

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Student services

New Student Orientation is designed to help first-year and transfer students make a successful transition into the Luther community. During orientation, you will:

  • Learn more about Luther and the college’s academic and community expectations
  • Interact in meaningful ways with other new students, faculty, and staff
  • Gain tools and knowledge to help students be successful
  • Build a community that will support, respect and protect one another

Housing services

With rooms that sleep two to four students, our first-year residence halls come equipped with social and study lounges, wireless internet, computer labs, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

Students currently living on campus select next year’s housing through a room draw, with preference given to students with the highest number of credit hours completed. Upper-class student housing includes college-owned houses, apartments, or townhouses, or clusters and suites in on-campus residence halls.

Library services

Preus Library contains physical collections of over 320,000 volumes. The majority of these items are available for public browsing in the Main Stacks, Reference, Current Periodicals, Atlases, Videos, DVDs, Microforms, and Curriculum Library areas.

Medical services

Located in Larsen Hall (south entrance), the Luther College Student Health Service is a comprehensive outpatient clinic that can meet most health needs of students. Medical problems that go beyond the scope of the Health Service are referred to appropriate off-campus facilities.

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

  • Legacy Field in Carlson Stadium
  • Tennis Facilities
  • Soccer Facilities
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Softball Diamond - The softball diamond consists of dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, and more. It seats up to 500 people and includes wireless internet for streaming.
  • Cross-Country Course
  • Roger K. Fjelstul Golf Performance Center
  • Regents Center Gymnasium
  • Paul Solberg Wrestling Complex
  • Aquatic Center
  • Sports and Recreation Center - The Sports and Recreation Center includes a six-lane track; six tennis courts; and year round training facilities for other sports.
  • Legends Fitness for Life Center - The center features cardiovascular machines, free weights, weight machines, a climbing wall, a computer lab, and social area.

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.

  • Active Minds
  • Alpha Beta Psi
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Climbing Club
  • Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)
  • Food Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Student & Allies Association (ISAA)
  • Latines Unides
  • Luther College ACapella
  • Luther Ballroom/Swing Dance Club
  • Luther College Cheerleading
  • Norse Knitters
  • SAC Cinema
  • SPIN Theatre Company
  • Student Philanthropy Council
  • The Comedy Club
  • Top Banana Improv Troupe


Luther College has maintained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915. In addition, individual programs within the college maintain accreditation through specialized agencies.

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


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