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IPEDS ID: 153834
OPE ID: 00187400
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Luther College
700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101-1045
General information:  (563) 387-2000
Website:  www.luther.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,385 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
8%
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty18455
Instructional18455
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$36,100$37,530$38,370$39,1902.1%
Books and supplies$1,040$1,040$1,040$1,0400.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,450$6,850$7,350$7,9207.8%
Other$3,015$3,015$3,015$3,0150.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,450$6,850$7,350$7,9207.8%
Other$3,015$3,015$3,015$3,0150.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,015$3,015$3,015$3,0150.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$46,605$48,435$49,775$51,1652.8%
Off Campus$46,605$48,435$49,775$51,1652.8%
Off Campus with Family$40,155$41,585$42,425$43,2451.9%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Luther College Monthly Payment Plan - a method of paying the comprehensive fee with no interest charges in eight monthly payments.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1625100%————
Grant or scholarship aid625100%$14,229,802$22,768
Federal grants13522%$752,373$5,573
Pell grants13021%$518,287$3,987
Other federal grants13522%$234,086$1,734
State/local government grant or scholarships8814%$371,184$4,218
Institutional grants or scholarships625100%$13,106,245$20,970
Student loan aid43169%$3,557,595$8,254
Federal student loans42968%$2,844,616$6,631
Other student loans599%$712,979$12,084
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,39497%$53,098,080$22,180
Pell grants45518%$1,745,001$3,835
Federal student loans1,64967%$11,812,553$7,163
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2011-20122012-20132013-2014
Average net price$24,566$24,873$25,645
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$17,248$17,471$18,797
$30,001 – $48,000$19,139$19,150$19,186
$48,001 – $75,000$20,986$21,614$21,705
$75,001 – $110,000$25,123$24,989$25,051
$110,001 and more$28,410$28,377$28,451
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)2,385
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment36
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 84%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 6%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 31%
Out-of-state: 64%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,4401,5841,856
Percent admitted71%66%75%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%24%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT6512%
ACT50390%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading433610
SAT Math510640
SAT Writing470610
ACT Composite2328
ACT English2329
ACT Math2328
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 85%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 94 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 82%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 68%
6-year: 77%
8-year: 78%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 74%
6-year: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 83%
Female: 81%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 73%
Black or African American: 67%
Hispanic/Latino: 64%
White: 84%
Two or more races: 33%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 71%
Non-resident alien: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies0
Russian Studies2
Women's Studies2
Category total4
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General72
Category total72
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting18
Business Administration and Management, General38
Management Information Systems, General1
Category total57
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric26
Category total26
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science12
Category total12
Education
Elementary Education and Teaching32
Category total32
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General22
Category total22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General4
French Language and Literature1
German Language and Literature3
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Spanish Language and Literature11
Category total20
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer2
Health and Wellness, General7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse26
Category total35
History
History, General16
Category total16
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics4
Mathematics, General16
Category total20
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1
Category total9
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies14
Category total14
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General7
Category total7
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy6
Religion/Religious Studies10
Category total16
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General6
Physics, General4
Category total10
Psychology
Psychology, General47
Category total47
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work13
Category total13
Social Sciences
Anthropology4
Economics, General10
Political Science and Government, General16
Sociology13
Category total43
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General21
Dance, General2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General9
Music, General46
Category total78
Grand total553
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 13
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $16,203
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined202197
Baseball40
Basketball2322
Football93
Golf1311
Soccer3229
Softball24
Swimming2527
Tennis1015
Volleyball20
Wrestling43
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission1/1/1915 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels5/3/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1970 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1959 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations52511
Liquor law violations3108
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations4189
Liquor law violations118
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible46
Rape4
Fondling3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary013
Motor vehicle theft010
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible45
Rape4
Fondling3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary001
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate2.5%3.2%2.5%
Number in default151813
Number in repayment597553518
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)