Location and Living Arrangements

Why study in Rochester, Minnesota?

Rochester, Minnesota is currently in the early phases of an economic development initiative of a scale unique in the state’s history.  Using a combination of private and public funds, $5.6 billion are being invested in this community over the next two decades – with an expectation of 30,000 new jobs across a variety of sectors.  The city’s downtown is being transformed to support this growth, which includes private businesses, an expansion of Mayo Clinic, and creation of the Destination Medical Center (DMC).  This level of infrastructure and economic development is rare, and Luther College’s close proximity, existing Rochester-based programs (Nursing), and substantial population of engaged and supportive alumni presents a unique and valuable opportunity for a new program whose central focus is experiential and applied learning. The broad and deep perspectives offered by a liberal arts education will be of high value in an environment experiencing the opportunities and challenges associated with rapid change. Experience so far with this new program, which is now running both semesters of the academic year, has resulted in wonderful opportunities for both students and their host organizations.


Housing for program participants will be located in downtown Rochester and arranged by Luther College.  Housing will be dorm-like with Luther-specific floors containing single or double rooms that each include: private bathroom, microwave, dorm-size refrigerator, Luther furniture, and free parking. A common area/lounge will contain a TV, printer, kitchenette, and lounge furniture. Students will have access to a large, furnished commercial kitchen and dining room on the first floor. Costs will be similar to a Dieseth ‘super-single’ rate on campus. Rates will be very economical for Rochester housing.