Luther College: Narrative Description

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700 College Dr.
Decorah, IA 52101-1045
Tel: (563)387-2000
Free: 800-458-8437
Admissions: (563)387-1430
Fax: (563)387-2159
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1861. Setting: 800-acre small town campus. Endowment: $73.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $263,681. Educational spending 2003-04: $9179 per student. Total enrollment: 2,573. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,233 applied, 71% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 9 National Merit Scholars, 20 class presidents, 48 valedictorians, 89 student government officers. Full-time: 2,497 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 76 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 28 other countries, 64% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 2% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,240 includes full-time tuition ($23,070) and college room and board ($4170). College room only: $2040. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $824 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 139 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Student Activities Council, intramural clubs and organizations, Campus Ministry. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Christmas at Luther Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,133 college housing spaces available; 2,114 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Preus Library with 339,173 books, 25,009 microform titles, 1,122 serials, 10,704 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Decorah (population 8,000) is on the banks of the Upper Iowa River, in an area known as Little Switzerland, in northeast Iowa. Twin Springs and Siewer Springs state fish hatcheries are nearby. Decorah has set aside more than 328 acres for recreation. Outdoor activities include golf, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.

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