Enrollment, Persistence, and Graduation

Student Enrollment

AIR calculates official registered enrollment for each semester/term in the academic year. Current enrollment data can be found at the links below, including full-time/part-time status, year in school (calculated by completed credits), gender, and total student FTE. Also available for viewing are the fall semester enrollments for all Iowa colleges and universities (when available).

Student Persistence

A "first-year cohort" is defined as all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students entering the institution during the fall term. Luther, like all institutions, uses the first-year cohort student count as the basis for calculating persistence and graduation rates reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Graduation Rates

The HEA (Higher Education Act) added a provision requiring that the completion of graduation rates must be disaggregated by:

  1. Gender
  2. Major racial and ethnic subgroup (as defined in IPEDS)
  3. Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  4. Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant and
  5. Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a Subsidized Stafford Loan

Follow the links below to these data tables.


The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research has taken care since 2000 to preserve the school's data in an accessible way that enables continuous tracking of enrollment information. This archive contains links similar to those above dating back to 2003-04. Feel free to explore the past.

Enrollment Summary Report

Looking for general enrollment data by term from the last few years? Find it all right here.
2017-2021 Enrollment Summary Report