New Students

Prepare to join the Luther community through Registration, Orientation, and ADvising (ROAD)

Admissions Office

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1287

Office of Student Engagement

Dahl Centennial Union 266
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1020

We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen Luther and can’t wait to meet you!

The ROAD (Registration Orientation & ADvising) program will guide you along the way.

Prepare for Registration

Note: The ROAD Checklist is only for U.S. students who have made their enrollment deposit. International students and U.S. students living abroad need to follow the instructions provided by the International Admissions Office. Transfer students need to follow the instructions provided by the Registrar’s Office, and you can refer to the Transfer Student Checklist. 

At a Glance Dates and Times

At your ROAD Virtual Registration and Advising session, you will meet your first-year academic advisor. Along with the Registrar’s Office, your advisor will assist you in choosing and registering for your fall semester courses.

Monday, June 3Tuesday, June 18
Monday, June 10Wednesday, June 26
Monday, July 29Tuesday, August 13

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Optional Luther College Campus and Decorah Community Exploration Days

Our optional Bleed Blue Days are designed for you and your family to take another look at the Luther campus and our community now that you are a Norse. View model rooms in our first-year residence halls, make an appointment with our Student Support Services, and explore all that our community has to offer as you prepare to make Decorah your home. It’s time to imagine yourself here!

Register for a date now:

Saturday, August 24–Friday, August 30

The Endeavor Together program brings together a small cohort of incoming first-year students in order to share in fellowship and adventure while building community and preparing for college life.


Endeavor Together Information

Saturday, August 31

Students will receive more information in July about the move-in process. A note for student-athletes in fall sports: Some of you will have an earlier move-in date; that information will also be sent to you in July.

Learn About First-Year Housing

Saturday, August 31–Saturday, September 7

Welcome Week is designed to help first-year and transfer students make a successful transition into the Luther community. During this orientation experience, you will:

  • Learn more about Luther and the college’s academic and community expectations
  • Interact in meaningful ways with other new students, faculty, and staff
  • Gain tools and knowledge to help students be successful
  • Build a community that will support, respect and protect one another

Get Ready for Welcome Week

Wednesday, September 4

View the 2024-25 Academic Calendar

September 20-22, 2024

Family Weekend is an ideal time for families to experience Luther College and to explore Decorah. We invite every family to let your student be your host as we gather as a community both on campus and in the surrounding area.

Learn about Family Weekend

Living in Harmony with a New Roommate

Luther’s Inside College Admissions blog covers many topics. Campus visits, applying for college, getting financial aid, and preparing to arrive at college to name a few. For example, this post discusses practical tips for creating a successful roommate relationship.

In a nicely decorated room, one person sits on a bed and the other in a chair. They look at each other in conversation.

Practical Details and Helpful Resources

How to get here

If you’re coming by car, search for “Luther College” in your favorite map app. During the academic year, you may use Luther’s shuttle service, which brings students to and from the nearest public transportation locations in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Rochester, Minnesota. Tickets are available from Luther’s ticket office.

Luther Ticket Office

How to find places to stay in Decorah

The best source on visiting Decorah is

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How to connect with your classmates and Luther offices

Current Students Gateway Page

How to connect with Luther families and offices

Parents & Families Gateway Page

Admissions Office

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1287

Office of Student Engagement

Dahl Centennial Union 266
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1020