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Luther College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 59 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $83,906)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $67,559)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 157 146 - -
Baseball 37 - - -
Basketball 29 19 - Yes
Football 96 - - -
Golf 12 9 - Yes
Soccer 34 28 - Yes
Softball - 18 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 17 24 - -
Tennis 22 15 - Yes
Volleyball - 23 - -
Wrestling 40 - - -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.4%
Hispanic 2.3%
Non-resident alien 5.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 8.6%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 80.3%
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 20 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 3
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 0

Notable Alumni

  • Adolph Herseth [Class of 1943], Principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1948,2001)
  • Cheryl Browne [Class of 1972], 1970 Miss Iowa pageant winner and Miss America competitor
  • Clarence Norman Brunsdale [Class of 1913], 24th governor and U.S. senator from North Dakota
  • Dagfinn Haringten [Class of 1979], Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Drew Curtis [Class of 1995], Founder of
  • Eric Cutler [Class of 1999], Opera singer
  • Kurt Heinecke [Class of 1987], Primary music composer for the Veggie Tales series
  • Mark Johnson-Williams [Class of 1976], Co-designer of Tickle Me Elmo
  • Marty Haugen [Class of 1973], Composer of sacred music (Holden Evening Prayer)
  • Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus [Class of 1903], 20th governor of Minnesota
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Jessica
  • 4
  • In most cases, students must live on campus for through their junior year. Though not the most luxurious dorm rooms in the country, the freshmen dorms are known to create…

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  • Jessica from Prior Lake, MN
  • 5
  • The residential life here is fantastic. They choose they best RAs, who have great attitudes and are always ready to help you with whatever you may need. Of course the…

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  • Norse Student
  • 3
  • Dorm life can be quiet or jumpy depending which dorm you choose. For example, Olson tends to be forgotten about and has a individualism vibe. Brandt is more lively and…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Emily from Plainfield, IL
  • I am a current student here

    The staff in our caf (the cafeteria) is amazing and they're always working hard to get food out for the 2,200ish students everyday. We have a grill line with burgers and fries and occasional fun things, a pasta line, a pizza line, and a deli sandwich line, that all run every day. But then we have a vegan line that changes their food items daily, a simple line that is allergen free (nuts, gluten, etc.) and then the main line, that does primarily comfort foods.

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  • 5
  • sky
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Excellent selection and very good food.

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  • 4
  • Sheila from Iowa
  • I am a current student here

    Dining services can get a bit repetitive with their food options, but have been trying their best to listen to and use suggestions from the student body about what they can to improve the food services at Luther.

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  • 5
  • Stephanie - Delano, MN
  • I am a current student here

    The food at Luther is not your typical college cafeteria food. There are always a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Also, Luther is famous for its delicious homemade peanut butter!

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  • 4
  • Emily from River Falls, WI
  • I am a current student here

    "The Caf" as it's known here, has good food and many different ethnic options along with comforting home foods and healthy foods for a good balance! Along with the Caf, Marty's is a good treat every once in awhile, Nordic Brew has the best chai tea, Sunnyside Cafe is the perfect treat for a good job done, Oneota is quick and convenient, the C-Store allows for late night snacking, and Grab 'n Go is an excellent option for college students on the go!

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  • 5
  • Sadie
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I have eaten in the cafeteria several times and their food is pretty good. There are several options, whether you want to eat unhealthy or healthy, Luther provides what you're craving.

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  • 4
  • Summer Camp Student
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is OK... in the summer they don't have as many options but there's always something yummy to eat.

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  • 5
  • Student
  • I am a current student here

    The food in the cafeteria is excellent! There are always enough options to go around, and a lot of the food is locally grown and very fresh.

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  • 5
  • Alexandra from Cedar Falls, IA
  • I am a current student here

    Luther College provides several different options for meals in the cafeteria. There are at least seven different food stations, all of them including healthy options. They make it a point to cater to everyone and have something everyone can enjoy, including a separate gluten-free line.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily from Plainfield, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Definitely... not the place if you're looking for a popping Greek Life situation. We don't have houses for Greek Life so I'm pretty sure they only meet in public places for meetings and you aren't allowed to Rush until the beginning of your first year.

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  • 0
  • Alexandra from Cedar Falls, IA
  • I am a current student here

    The biggest honor society at Luther College is Phi Beta Kappa. This promotes excellence in liberal arts and sciences. Greek life is not a very big part of the college experience at Luther, but if a student wishes to be a part of a fraternity or sorority, there are several opportunities available.

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  • 0
  • Jessica from Prior Lake, MN
  • I am a current student here

    There is a small Greek life on campus; however, it is not a big part of campus life, like it may be in some bigger universities. Many of the sororities/fraternizes on campus are community service based.

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  • 0
  • Dylan from Decorah, IA
  • I am a current student here

    There are sororities and fraternities on campus. While not my thing, they're not overly obnoxious and they do contribute a lot of good to the school with events they sponsor.

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  • 0
  • Jen
  • I am a current student here

    A couple sororitys and frats.

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  • 0
  • Melissa from MN
  • I am a current student here

    There is an expanding Greek program. I personally am not familiar with what it all entails, but I have some friends that are.

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  • 0
  • Hannah from Reedsburg, WI
  • I am a current student here

    Luther's Greek Life is not a big part of life on campus, but there are a few unchartered but school-approved sororities and fraternities on campus. The students in Greek Life tend to be friendly and energetic, as well as heavily involved with service and philanthropy.

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