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 Fark.com founder Drew Curtis and Veggie Tales musical composer Kurt Heinecke.