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Luther College

Decorah, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate76%
Acceptance Rate76%

About Luther College

Luther College Overview

Luther College is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Decorah, Iowa. Luther College was founded in 1861 and enrolls 1,744 undergrads and no graduate students. Luther College ensures housing for up to 2,000 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Student Activities at Luther College

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Luther College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Luther College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Luther College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Luther College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Luther College on the Student Life page.

2022 Luther College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%
Tuition $47,510
Percent of Need Met 87%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $41,341

Is Luther College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what Luther College offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

Luther College Acceptance Rate 2022

Luther College is moderately difficult to get into. Luther College admitted 76% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,495 applications received in 2022, 1,898 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Luther College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 84% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Luther Collegecome back their sophomore year. 80% of Luther College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Luther College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Luther College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Luther College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Luther College's endowment was valued at $204 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $13,165 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Luther College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Luther College meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $41,341 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $37,588 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Luther College.

Based on this information, does Luther College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Luther College a good school for you?

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Where is Luther College?

Luther College is located in the small town setting of Decorah, Iowa.

If you want to see Luther College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 52 to Decorah, or book a flight to the nearest airport, La Crosse Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Luther College and Decorah are like without leaving home.

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College Info

700 College Drive Decorah, IA 52101

Campus Setting: Small Town

Luther College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Luther College ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Luther College is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Luther College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Luther College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1155 - 1265


Math SAT Range

560 - 688


Reading SAT Range

528 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1265 and Above


1155 to 1265


1155 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Luther College students is 1200. Applicants with SAT scores of 1265 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Luther College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1155 to 1265 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1155 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Luther College.

Luther College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Luther College is like? There are approximately 1,744 students enrolled at Luther College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from IA and 63% percent of students are from other states.


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