Data and Rankings

Access basic data about Luther College and find out how outside sources rank us in comparison to other colleges and universities.


Find basic information on Luther College and nearly 7,000 other colleges and universities in the United States by visiting College Navigator. This website primarily presents the latest data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics.

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A Top National Liberal Arts College

U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges ranks colleges using data such as graduation and retention rates, social mobility indicators, student debt, graduates’ earnings, faculty and financial resources, academic reputation, and student excellence. In the latest edition of this annual guide, Luther ranks among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Top Performer for Social Mobility

Luther ranks among the Top Performers on Social Mobility for National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges. Luther students who are economically disadvantaged have a high degree of success in completing their bachelor’s degrees. Luther’s TRIO Achievement Program and Catalyze are devoted to supporting students who come from low-income and first-generation backgrounds.

International Diversity

Luther ranks among the Schools with the Most International Students for National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges. Students from more than 60 different countries enrich the Luther community and educational experience.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Luther ranks among the colleges with the Most Students Studying Abroad in U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges. Luther’s Center for Global Learning helps students connect with many opportunities to study in countries throughout the world.

Hidden Gem College

College Raptor helps students and families find affordable schools that meet their career goals. It released a list of “Hidden Gem Colleges in the U.S.,” ranking Luther as the Hidden Gem of the state of Iowa as well as the #1 Iowa Hidden Gem of the Plains Region (2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023).

One of the Best College Towns in America

Luther’s hometown of Decorah was ranked among the Top 50 Best College Towns in the U.S. based on public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, crime, and local amenities.

Best Value College

Luther ranks among the top 10 best-value colleges in Iowa, according to SmartAsset Advisors, based on our financial aid awards, graduation rates, living costs, and our graduates’ starting salaries.

Sustainability Commitment

Luther is #6 among baccalaureate institutions nationally on the Sustainable Campus Index (AASHE 2023 Sustainable Campus Index). Rankings are measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities promotes sustainability and serves as a catalyst for change.