Luther College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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Evangelical Lutheran Church

Luther College is a private, 4-year school located in Decorah, IA near the Upper Iowa River and 50 miles southwest of La Crosse, WI. The school was founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants and is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college was founded as an alternative to Concordia Seminary in St Louis which closed that year. The 175 acre main campus features modern and contemporary architecture. The layout of the campus is open and airy, including many open quads, tree-lined pathways and ‘room to breathe.’ The school also maintains over 800 acres of field research areas. Notable alumni include founder Drew Curtis and Veggie Tales musical composer Kurt Heinecke.

Academic Programs

Luther College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees in over 60 fields. Noted for Nursing, Music and Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Visual and Performing Arts and Biology/Bio-Medical studies. The college sponsors a robust Study Abroad program involving over 70 foreign locations. Also, Paideia is a signature Luther program developed in 1977 in which students and faculty read, think, discuss, and write about the questions and choices that matter. Per the Mission Statement, “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. As a liberal arts college, Luther is committed to a way of learning that moves us beyond immediate interests and present knowledge into a larger world—an education that disciplines minds and develops whole persons equipped to understand and confront a changing society.”

Student Life

There are over 2,300 undergraduate students enrolled in Luther College, nearly all of whom live on campus among the seven residence halls, townhouses, apartments and college-owned houses. The college sponsors over 100 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the blue and white Norse field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. The school also sponsors a number of musical ensembles which tour internationally and produce recordings for sale including the Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra. The Mission Statement also provides a general description of life at Luther: “As a residential college, Luther is a place of intersection. Founded where river, woodland, and prairie meet, we practice joyful stewardship of the resources that surround us, and we strive to be a community where students, faculty, and staff are enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning.”

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