You could say that music is their real religion. But, yes, they are grounded in Lutheran tradition. We have never gotten an overtly Christian vibe from the place, but there is a real sense of kindness and caring there that we didn’t feel from any of the other schools my daughter applied to. They are also all about community and are less individualistic in their value system. They talk about “vocation” - so there is a deeper grounding to the career center then just “get a job”. My daughter’s first choice was Macalester, but they didn’t give as good a financial package. We still could have afforded Macalester, but we couldn’t convince ourselves that the value was there for the extra $20+K per year it would have cost. Plus, she’s a musician, so Olaf is tops in that way. And she got into the Great Conversation program, which she loves. The kindness, caring and warmth really won us over, too. Since it was the pandemic, we only Zoomed with people there, no visit - but we Zoomed with EVERYONE. Someone from almost every campus office. We spent hours and hours doing this with 3 different schools. When she finally landed on campus, there were no surprises.