Founded in 1861 and affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), Luther College offers students of all backgrounds a dynamic and supportive academic community rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition. Luther is a place where students, faculty, and staff challenge one another to learn in community and to serve with distinction for the common good.
Luther’s campus, located in the vibrant town of Decorah, is nestled against the Upper Iowa River, among northeast Iowa’s rolling hills, lush woodlands, and picturesque limestone bluffs. Luther is a true residential college, with 90 percent of its 2,500 students living on campus.
The college’s curriculum—including more than 60 majors, minors, and preprofessional programs—is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach to learning that strives to make connections between subjects and to connect individual learning to the larger world. An emphasis on experiential learning—from collaborative research with professors, to work-study and internship positions, to study-away programs—allows students to engage in meaningful learning while gaining real-world experience.
The Luther student body is highly engaged in campus life through more than 110 student-run clubs and organizations, 19 athletic teams, and 15 student music ensembles. In addition, 70 percent of Luther students volunteer, exemplifying the high service ethic intrinsic to the college.