Luther College named the “Hidden Gem” of Iowa and Plains Region

September 29, 2022

Luther College has been named the number one “Hidden Gem” of Iowa and the Plains Region for 2023 by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families make smart decisions about college.  

Each year, College Raptor recognizes top-notch colleges and universities that students may not know about but deserve consideration. Since 2019, Luther College has been named the number one “Hidden Gem” of Iowa. Luther College has also been named the number one “Hidden Gem” of the Plains Region since 2020 when the category was established.  

The complete College Raptor Best Hidden Gem College Rankings include:

We are thrilled to be named a top school in College Raptor’s Hidden Gem Colleges List. Our campus and our town of Decorah combine natural beauty with the best of small-town life and high-performing student outcomes. The fact that 95% of Luther professors live within 5 miles of campus reflects our community’s commitment to this amazing place of living and learning. Luther is also global in scope. 90% of Luther students study away or study abroad, and our student body includes citizens from more than 60 countries and 48 states. We are happy that College Raptor has confirmed our status as a gem of Iowa and the Plains Region!

Karen Hunt, vice president for enrollment management

The Hidden Gem Colleges are the highest-rated schools in College Raptor’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings that have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students, have a 10% or higher acceptance rate, offer five or more unique majors, and receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year.

About Luther College

Luther College is home to about 1,800 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at