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January Term: A Luther Experience

  • Date: Monday, January 16, 2012
  • Time: All day
  • Location: Dahl Centennial Union

Please note: Sunday and overnight activities are limited to high school seniors only. High school juniors are welcome to attend Monday's portion of the visit event.

This visit opportunity allows prospective students the opportunity to experience January term at Luther College. January term is a semester unlike any other, as it alters the pace of the academic year by creating opportunities for students to engage in focused exploration of a single subject. January study is often experiential and/or experimental, and it offers students both greater freedom and greater responsibility for their learning.

Students may arrive on Sunday to take part in activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, basketball, racquetball, scooter hockey, card and board games, or socializing while watching the NFL playoffs.

Monday's activities will take each student through a virtual four-year January Term experience. With different options representing each of a student's four years at Luther, the day will give everyone a great look at this unique semester.

The registration deadline for January Term: A Luther Experience is Wednesday, January 11. 

January Term: A Luther Experience Schedule:

Sunday, January 15

2:00 p.m. — Campus Tours available
3:30 p.m. — Activities
5:00 p.m. — Meet Your Host/Dinner

Monday, January 16

8:15 a.m. — Campus Tours available
8:45 a.m. — January Term: The Plan (presentation)
9:15 a.m. — The First-Year Experience (attend first-year seminars)
10:30 a.m. — Chapel (optional) or Free Time
11:00 a.m. — The Sophomore Experience (sit in on typical J-term classes)
Noon — Lunch
1:00 p.m. — The Junior Experience (study abroad presentation)
1:30 p.m. — The Senior Experience (internship and research presentation)
2:15 p.m. — Campus Tours available

Student arrival times will vary depending on the desired activities. For students participating in a campus tour or 3:30 p.m. activity on Sunday, check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. Students planning to spend Sunday night in Decorah, but don't wish to take part in a 3:30 p.m. activity, should check in between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dinner for students will be provided in the cafeteria.

Students arriving on Monday morning should check in prior to the opening session at 8:45 a.m.

Parent options will occur both Sunday and Monday, so we encourage parents to accompany students to campus. Hotel options can be found at

We hope you will join us for this in-depth look at one of Luther College's favorite times of year.

Questions? Contact noelamy, Admissions