Comparative Data

There are many useful ways to compare colleges and universities. Six important ways are:

  • Four-year graduation rates
  • Academic profile
  • Student-to-faculty ratios
  • Retention (persistence) of first-year students to their second year
  • Enrollment size
  • Tuition and fees/net price

This comparative information is taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

The data shown on the following pages is the most current information available from NCES. The recency of the data, however, may vary due to the organization's collection methodologies.

Information on the following pages compares Luther with three different groups of schools: public, ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), and other private colleges and universities can be found below.