Luther College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Luther College Admissions Overview:

Luther College has an acceptance rate of 68%. Applicants will, in general, need solid grades and test scores to be admitted to the school. Students interested in applying to Luther College will need to submit an application, SAT or ACT scores, and high school transcripts. For complete instructions, including important deadlines, be sure to visit Luther College's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

Luther College Description:

Founded in 1861, Luther College is a small liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school's 200-acre main campus is located in the small town of Decorah, Iowa, in the northeast corner of the state. The college emphasizes service, and over 80% of students study abroad. Luther college has a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and its strong liberal arts and science programs earned it a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Luther Norse compete in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,169 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,040
  • Books: $1,040 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,500
  • Other Expenses: $3,015
  • Total Cost: $52,595

Luther College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Luther College Scholarships (
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,761
    • Loans: $8,472

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, English, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Spanish

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 72%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Basketball, Football, Golf, Swimming, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Luther College Mission Statement:

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"In the reforming spirit of Martin Luther, Luther College affirms the liberating power of faith and learning. As people of all backgrounds, we embrace diversity and challenge one another to learn in community, to discern our callings, and to serve with distinction for the common good.

As a college of the church, Luther is rooted in an understanding of grace and freedom that emboldens us in worship, study, and service to seek truth, examine our faith, and care for all God’s people."

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