Measures that Matter

Academics

  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 20.
  • 93 percent of full-time faculty have a doctorate or the highest degree in their field.
  • 8 Rhodes Scholars, including two since 2000 and the most recent in 2013.
  • 18 Fulbright Scholars in the past five years alone. In 2010–11, the Chronicle of Higher Education named Luther one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright recipients.
  • 38 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars.
  • 312 NSCAA All-Americans.
  • 8 McElroy Fellowships since 2000.
  • Recent winners in other national scholarship competitions: Goldwater (STEM), Udall (environmental studies), Fulbright-Hays (study abroad), Jack Kent Cooke (graduate school), Rossing (physics), Torrison (medicine).
  • All Luther students participate in distinctive, hands-on learning: internships, research, study abroad, student teaching, or service learning.
  • Dozens of students are fully funded each summer to participate in full-time research and creative collaborations with faculty.
  • Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, an honor belonging to only 10 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

Affordability

  • 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance.
  • 75 percent of Luther students are employed on campus.
  • Our loan default rate is an astonishingly low 2.8 percent, compared with 13.4 percent nationwide (source: U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center). Not only do we keep a college education affordable, but our graduates also find quick gainful employment.

An Accomplished, Well-Rounded Student Body

  • 40 percent of Luther students participate in at least one music ensemble; 25 percent compete on one or more of the college’s 19 intercollegiate teams; and 60 percent play intramural sports.
  • Luther students have a high service ethic: 70 percent volunteer.
  • 90 percent of students live on campus, which creates a vibrant and engaged campus community.
  • 22 percent of Luther students graduate with a double major.
  • 32 percent come from the top tenth of their high school class.

A Global Perspective

  • Luther students come from 61 countries and 40 states.
  • Each year, between 400-500 Luther students study abroad, ranking Luther among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad prior to graduation—over two-thirds.
  • Luther has semester- and yearlong programs in Nottingham, England; Münster, Germany; Coldigioco, Italy; and Sliema, Malta. We offer J-term classes in dozens of countries, and students also have the opportunity to enroll in study-abroad programs through partnering institutions in additional locations.
  • Davis Projects for Peace: 1 winner per year since its inception.
  • Our 31,600 alumni live in more than 80 countries.

High Placement Rates

  • Within 8 months of graduating, 99 percent of May 2013 graduates reported being full-time or not intentionally seeking employment (95.4% survey response rate).
  • 77 percent of our most recently polled alumni report having found a paying job within six months of graduating, with 27 percent having found a job while still in college.
  • 78% of our most recently polled graduates (class of 2013) reported their employment was related to their career goals.
  • 84 percent of alumni report that they find their current job satisfying.