Luther College

Luther College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Luther College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Luther College was awarded 142 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is music.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Luther is ranked #316 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Luther is also ranked #7 out of 45 schools in Iowa.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Luther?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Luther College is a competitive 64%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to Luther submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Luther College  ( 510 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Luther College  ( 520 to 640 )
Luther received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Luther College  ( 23 to 29 )

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Luther College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Luther, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Luther College is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Luther College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Luther College has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Luther the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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Luther College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,802 undergraduates at Luther with 1,775 being full-time and 27 being part-time.

How Much Does Luther College Cost?

The overall average net price of Luther is $23,620. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Luther

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,636 $17,630 $19,852 $24,393 $27,721

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Luther, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Luther, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $8,440 a year. That adds up to $33,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Luther is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Luther Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Luther make about $47,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Luther graduates since it is 19% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Luther College make the most money.

Location of Luther College

Luther College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Decorah, Iowa. Decorah is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Luther are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101-1045
Phone: 563-387-2000

Luther College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Music 52 $37,856
General Biology 41 $20,921
Nursing 39 $62,409
Business Administration & Management 37 $41,087
Child Development & Psychology 21 NA
Communication & Media Studies 20 $34,704
Computer Science 19 $67,660
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $38,937
Accounting 18 $56,114
Information Science 17 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Luther College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Luther

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 1,802 students took at least one online class at Luther College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,802 0
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Luther College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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