Measures that Matter


  • 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
  • 16 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
  • 37 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars
  • 270 NSCAA All-Americans
  • 7 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)
  • 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


  • 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 56 countries and 40 states
  • 66–75 percent of Luther students study abroad each year
  • 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% of May 2013 graduates reported being employed full-time or part-time, attending graduate school or professional school, volunteering, or intentionally not seeking employment
  • 81 percent of our most recently polled alumni report having found a paying job within six months of graduating, with 32 percent having found a job while still in college
  • 76 percent of our most recently polled graduates (class of 2012) reported that their employment was related to their career goals
  • 92 percent of alumni report that they find their current job satisfying