Message from Corey Landstrom, Vice President and Dean for Student Life

Happy February! We’ve had an interesting end of January and early February. Many areas around us experienced the polar vortex, as did we while winding down the end of January Term. You received an email that outlined the steps we took to provide for students in the deep chill that enveloped much of the region. During the two full days of the vortex, Campus Safety jump-started at least 90 vehicles. Since the return of more typical temperatures for this time of year, we have also received a decent amount of fresh snow. The snow has required our Facilities team to make extra efforts to clear roadways, walkways, and ensure people can safely traverse campus. 

As the spring semester is getting underway, I am reminded of the multiple transitions for which students are preparing. First-year students are continuing the academic progress they made in the fall and readying for their major Paideia research paper this semester. Additionally, they are in the process of identifying where and with whom they will live next year. Seniors are, hopefully, well along in preparing for their next step. Whether they are pursuing a career, graduate school, or volunteer experiences, they can meet with Career Center staff to assist them in their preparations. For sophomores and juniors, it is not too early to visit the Career Center! In fact, it is never too early for any student to begin the important work of preparing for life and careers. The Four Year Career Guide located on their website ( is a particularly useful tool. 

Spring is the time for students to consider where they will live during the next academic year. Our director of residence life, Kris Franzen, offers information and sage advice below. 

Each spring the Residence Life office conducts a room draw in which students can self-select rooms and roommates for the next academic year. There are many different housing options available to students at Luther, so we encourage students to research all the choices by attending room draw information sessions and reviewing the room draw book they received through email. Parents are also welcome to read more about the room draw process and review housing options on the Residence Life webpage at Selecting housing is very important to students, so please take a moment to ask your student about their plans for campus housing next fall.

The room draw process is based on the number of credit hours a student has completed. Those who have completed the most credits will have the opportunity to select first. Students are responsible for reviewing their credits with the Registrar's office for accuracy.   

If you have any housing questions, please contact the Luther Residence Life office at [email protected] or by calling 563-387-1330.