Luther College is home to more than 2,000 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities, and society. Located in the stunning bluff country of Decorah and with learning opportunities around the world, Luther’s experiential approach to education and its supportive community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully, and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Our 60+ academic programs, which range from neuroscience to visual communication, emphasize real-world experience and foster curiosity to prepare students for limitless possibilities. Our rich campus life—including 19 NCAA III teams, two dozen musical ensembles, and more than 80 student organizations—encourages student learning, growth, and friendship outside of the classroom. We strive to create a welcoming campus for all, offering financial aid to 98 percent of our students, who hail from 39 states and 74 countries.

Academic Programs

  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Health Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Luther begins admitting students through Early Action on November 1. Following the Early Action deadline, Luther will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until the class is full. Students may apply using the Common App. or the Luther College application. Luther also requires three supplemental materials: a high school transcript, an educator’s reference, and a personal statement. Standardized test scores are not required, but students may choose to submit ACT or SAT scores.


Transfer students may apply to enroll in the fall, January, or spring terms. Luther accepts the Common App. as well as the Luther College application, both of which are free and online. There is no application deadline for transfer students. Luther requires four materials in addition to the application: an educator’s reference, a final official high school transcript, a final official college transcript (from the institution(s) where the student is transferring), and a transfer application supplement (found on Luther’s website). Standardized test scores are not required, but students may choose to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Additional Information

Luther believes that the gifts and talents each student brings to our campus are what makes this such a special place. Because we value what our students contribute to the campus community, we offer a variety of scholarships and awards based on demonstrated academic excellence, musical and artistic talent, and other criteria. All academic scholarships and awards are based on a combination of a student's cumulative grade point average and class rank (if applicable). If the student chooses to submit a college entrance exam score (ACT or SAT), it will be considered as well. There is no separate application; rather, the academic scholarships are awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

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School location

Admissions Office, 700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101, United States of America

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