Luther is not Yale or Harvard, but you’d never know it by the way the College is respected by students, professors, alumni, and businesses. Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, one of the oldest academic honor societies in the United States, and is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Both students and professors take great responsibility in these honors and their continuation. One of the most important and distinctive aspects of Luther’s academic system is the Honor Code—no teachers will be in rooms where students are taking tests, which means that students are on their own moral honor not to cheat on exams. The workload can be heavy at times, but many students find relief by building their schedule around a mix of general education requirements and upper-level classes for their major—a general education class for every “smart class” on your schedule should make your life easier.
Most professors are relatively modest, well-educated Midwesterners who happen to enjoy student life and the community that a private liberal-arts college in “the middle of nowhere” provides. Professors at Luther are often eager to work with students, either in helping on schoolwork or completing projects together in mutual collaboration. In general, professors are very willing to work with students through sports events, deadlines, and the dreaded Christmas at Luther week. In all, Luther’s academic programs provide you with the academic rigor necessary to compete with any other college student but replaces the nose-in-the-air arrogance with a Norwegian sweater.