Academics

In addition to a rigorous and engaging curriculum, small class size and high-caliber professors ensure that Luther students receive an excellent education: our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 93 percent of our 180 full-time faculty hold the highest degree available in their field. Teachers at Luther promote an “open door” culture, which makes them accessible to students—in fact, 95 percent of faculty choose to live within five miles of campus.

As a liberal arts college, Luther encourages an approach to learning that makes connections between subjects and that also connects individual learning to the larger world. In this spirit, Luther students engage in an education beyond the classroom walls—through collaborative research with professors, study-away programs, and prestigious internships, to name just a few examples.

Integral to a Luther education is our signature Paideia program, an interdisciplinary course series that strengthens community through shared academic experience. First-year students in the Paideia program share a common reading list and attend performances, events, and an annual lecture series together. The Paideia tradition continues for upperclass students with a course that focuses on ethics and values in the context of a specific major.

At Luther, the journey of education is a communal one, and the supportive learning community on campus consistently produces Fulbright scholars and other nationally competitive award winners. Luther College is also a Phi Beta Kappa institution, a distinction belonging to only 10 percent of higher-learning institutions nationwide.