So, by now you might have picked up on the fact that Decorah is not the center of the cultural universe (unless of course, you mean Norwegian-history culture). That doesn’t mean it’s not a good place to be. For students who appreciate a small town or are from one, the transition will be easy. However, for students used to the big-city lights and sounds, the sounds and smells of cow pastures cannot compete. The locals can be friend or foe to students, depending on when or where you cross their paths. That’s okay—Decorah has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast who wants to get away from it all. Many students will enjoy the hiking, biking, running, and the sport of “tubing,” along with cheap dates, like a 37-cent cone at the Whippy Dip.
The winters in Decorah will leave you trapped in dorms to bond with your roommates or go cross-country skiing on the campus soccer fields. The small-town shops are cute enough to bring Mom to but probably aren’t the location to find the hottest perfume or smallest skirt for your Saturday night. Although Decorah will not be the best place for you if you need a Bloomingdale’s on every corner, it will be great for students who want to be within a reasonable distance of big cities but still want the quiet peace of a small town.