Luther College

Private, Four-years School Located in Decorah, IA

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How much is the Luther tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Luther's tuition & fees is $50,320.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $65,045 when a student lives on-campus.

Luther Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$50,320
Books & Supplies Costs$1,040
On-campus Room & Board$10,670
On-campus Expenses$3,015
Off-campus Room & Board$10,670
Off-campus Expenses$3,015
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$54,151

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Luther for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $224,884 at Luther. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $282,870. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $122,140.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$52,577$66,579$29,001
Sophomore (2024-25)$54,935$69,262$29,998
Junior (2025-26)$57,399$72,058$31,033
Senior (2026-27)$59,973$74,972$32,107
4 Years Total$224,884$282,870$122,140
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$54,935$69,262$29,998
Sophomore (2025-26)$57,399$72,058$31,033
Junior (2026-27)$59,973$74,972$32,107
Senior (2027-28)$62,663$78,009$33,222
4 Years Total$234,970$294,300$126,361
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$57,399$72,058$31,033
Sophomore (2026-27)$59,973$74,972$32,107
Junior (2027-28)$62,663$78,009$33,222
Senior (2028-29)$65,474$81,175$34,380
4 Years Total$245,509$306,214$130,743
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$59,973$74,972$32,107
Sophomore (2027-28)$62,663$78,009$33,222
Junior (2028-29)$65,474$81,175$34,380
Senior (2029-30)$68,410$84,476$35,581
4 Years Total$256,520$318,632$135,291
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$62,663$78,009$33,222
Sophomore (2028-29)$65,474$81,175$34,380
Junior (2029-30)$68,410$84,476$35,581
Senior (2030-31)$71,478$87,916$36,829
4 Years Total$268,025$331,577$140,013

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Luther' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $25,497.
In-StateOut-of-State
Luther College$50,320
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,675
Public Schools$7,198$12,965
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Luther and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationTuition & Fees
Luther CollegeDecorah, IA$50,320
Simpson CollegeIndianola, IA$46,212

Financial Aid and COA

At Luther College, 1,715 students (98%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $35,965.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Luther is $29,080 for students living on-campus and $29,080 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 419 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $35,441 and the average amount of student loans is $7,680.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$65,045
COA (off-campus)$65,045
Tuition & Fees$50,320
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,725
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$14,725
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$29,080
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$29,080
Average Financial Aid$35,965
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,71598%$35,965
Pell Grants30718%$4,585
Federal Student Loan1,12865%$6,486
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid419100%-
Grants or Scholarships419100%$35,441
Federal Grants27365%$3,001
Pell Grants7217%$4,653
Other Federal Grants27365%$1,774
State/Local Grants4611%$6,505
Institutional Grants419100%$32,772
Student Loan Aid27566%$7,680
Federal Student Loans27365%$5,357
Other Student Loans4110%$15,849

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Luther's acceptance rate is 76.07%. A total of 2,495 applicants applied to and 1,898 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 444 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 23.39%.
To apply to Luther, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank, Secondary school record, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants2,4951,409$1,086
Admitted1,8981,040$858
Enrolled444215$229
Acceptance Rate76.07%73.81%79.01%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)23.39%20.67%26.69%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Luther. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,203 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 26.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,2031,0881,318
National Average1,168
Iowa Average1,131
SAT EBRW579528630
SAT Math624560688
ACT Composite262229
National Average24
Iowa Average23
ACT Math242127
ACT English252128

Student Population

Luther College has a total of 1,610 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 757 male students and 987 female students attending Luther.
TotalMaleFemale
Undergraduate1,744 757987

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address700 College Drive, Decorah, IA
Phone563-387-2000
WEBwww.luther.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate
Program Offered47 Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate75.32%
Yield24.27%
Student Population1,610
Graduation Rate74%
Retention Rate81%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate11 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties153 (Full-time), 47 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs361 (Full-time), 174 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$69,393
Average Staff Salary$51,474