Student ProfileApproximately 1,800 undergraduate students (47 percent male, 53 percent female); 29 states and territories, 49 countries; 11 percent minority, 7 percent international.
Faculty Profile109 full-time faculty. 12:1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 21.
Residence LifeHighly residential: Approximately 80 percent of students live on campus.
School LocationWaverly, Iowa—located just 20 minutes from Waterloo/Cedar Falls, one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas.
NCAA Division III, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 19 varsity sports (10 men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling; nine women's: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field), and a wide variety of intramurals.
Wartburg College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America founded in 1852.
Accounting; Art; Art Education; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration (Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Sport Management); Chemistry; Church Music; Communication Arts (Public Relations, Electronic Media, Print, Media); Communication Studies (Speech, Theatre); Communication Design; Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Economics; Education (Christian Day School, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary); Engineering Science; English; Fitness Management; History; International Relations; Mathematics; Modern Languages (French And French Studies, German And German Studies, Spanish And Spanish Studies); Music (Applied); Music Education (Instrumental, Vocal); Music Performance; Music Therapy; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion (Camping Ministry, Parish Education; Urban Ministry; Youth And Family Ministry; Social Work; Sociology (Community Sociology); Writing.
In U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America's Best Colleges
“Best Midwestern Colleges,” The Princeton Review
In Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education"
Ranked 157th among 650 U.S. undergraduate colleges - the top 20 percent - by Forbes for educational outcomes
Named for four consecutive years to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, twice "with distinction"
Among 200 schools with outstanding programs in science and mathematics listed inPeterson's Top Colleges for Science
One of five U.S. colleges and universities receiving Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards from the Washington Center, recognizing programs that serve as national role models for civic engagement
One of two U.S. colleges and one of eight colleges within the world awarded the 2010 MacJannet Price for global citizenship
Ranked in 2010 as the country’s top chapter of Break Away alternative break organization, based on the percentage of students participating in service trips (15.3%)
Engaged StudentsDedicated to service, leadership, athletics, and music (just to name a few), students at Wartburg keep busy—and love every minute of it.
Live Your Learning
- Wartburg offers more than 50 academic majors in the liberal arts and professional areas. The top five majors are biology, business administration, communication arts, elementary education, and psychology. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa offering a major in music therapy.
- Beginning in their first year, Wartburg students benefit from meaningful research and hands-on learning experiences. Whatever their major or area of interest, students are
- encouraged to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities on and off campus. Education and social work majors are involved in early field experiences, and communication arts students get hands-on experience through the college television and radio stations, the campus newspaper, and a campus public relations agency.
- Wartburg West in Denver, Colorado, gives Wartburg students exposure to an urban setting. They spend a term in Denver taking academic courses, pursuing internships or field experiences related to their majors, and experiencing the cultural diversity and resources of a major metropolitan center. Students can also participate in programs offered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC. Wartburg maintains exchange programs with universities in Germany and Japan. A wide variety of global and multicultural study programs in countries around the world challenge students to consider their place in the larger global community and how they might enrich that community.
Willing to go the extra mile, Wartburg faculty are dedicated to the students in and outside of their classrooms.
- A 12:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 21enable close relationships between students and professors. Of the full-time faculty, 91 percent have PhDs or terminal degrees in their field. As one student said, "You get a lot of attention from the teachers, and the quality of the education is amazing."
- Faculty members teach unique on-campus courses and accompany students on a variety of trips during Wartburg's one-month May Term, an ideal time for off-campus travel and study. As part of May Term courses, students travel throughout the world, including China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Caribbean, Tanzania, South Africa, Guyana, Alaska, and the Navajo Nation.
- More than 200 students participate in service trips scheduled during Fall and Winter term breaks and Tour Week. Recent trips have involved work in the areas of AIDS advocacy, poverty and homelessness, hurricane disaster relief, environmental issues, Native American issues, and substance abuse. Faculty members or staff advisors accompany each group.
Stretch yourself with Wartburg's many opportunities to get involved and make a difference on campus and in the community at large.
- Approximately 80% of Wartburg students live on campus. Accommodations include all-male, all-female, and coed residence halls; small manor units; four-, six-, and eight-person suites; and townhouse-style apartments for senior students. Many of the suites require residents to develop community service or educational projects. Living-learning communities on campus include language suites, where students practice their language skills in German, French, or Spanish and host cultural events for the campus community.
- Wartburg students are active in more than 100 student organizations, including music groups and intercollegiate athletic teams. Approximately 350 students are involved in music organizations, and nearly 600 students compete in intercollegiate athletics. Wartburg has the highest athletic success rate of any college in the Iowa Conference, winning a national team or individual championship for 16 consecutive years, including eight national wrestling titles and four women's track and field championships.
- The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) helps students explore ways to immerse themselves in meaningful community service and internships. The CCE also hosts the Institute for Leadership Education, which coordinates course work and activities for Wartburg’s interdisciplinary minor in leadership certification.
- Student groups at Wartburg make a meaningful impact on a variety of issues. Mosaico, the Latino student group, targets diversifying enrollment and raising awareness of Hispanic issues around campus. EARTH promotes environmental issues. The International Club encourages interaction among international and American students. U.S. students of color and international students make up 16 percent of the student body.
- Founded in 1852 in Saginaw, Michigan, the college moved several times before establishing a permanent home in Waverly in 1935. It is named after Wartburg Castle, a landmark in Eisenach, Germany, where Martin Luther spent 10 months in hiding during the stormy days of the Reformation. Today, Waverly and Eisenach are sister cities, and a formal agreement provides ongoing academic and cultural exchanges between the college and the castle. The Wartburg Choir regularly performs at the castle during concert tours of Europe. Wartburg students are involved in May Term internships at the castle and in Eisenach.
- Waverly, a northeastern Iowa community of approximately 9,000 residents, is recognized statewide for its progressive businesses and industries. It is 20 minutes north of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area, six hours west of Chicago, five and a half hours north of Kansas City, and three and a half hours southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Cedar River, a bicycle trail, and two 18-hole golf courses provide off-campus recreational outlets. Students find part-time jobs and internships in Waverly, and local residents attend campus events and support college programs.
With nationally recognized alumni and outstanding placements in top graduate programs and competitive professional organizations, Wartburg guarantees a great life after college...
Find your calling
- Approximately 40 percent of Wartburg students complete an internship before they graduate, gaining hands-on experience and valuable connections in their intended careers. Students can also connect with alumni, who serve as mentors to help them discern their vocational callings. Orange Connection provides opportunities for students to job-shadow alumni in a variety of professions and metropolitan settings. The Pathways Center serves as a comprehensive resource for academic advising and career counseling. Nearly 30 percent of Wartburg students go on to graduate or professional schools, and placement statistics show that seven months after graduation, approximately 98 percent of students are employed or continuing their education.
Admissions and Financial Aid
2011-2012: $39,110 comprehensive ($30,110 tuition). More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid.
- Wartburg is selective in granting admission to graduates from accredited high schools and colleges.
- The college limits enrollment of first-year and transfer students and selects the first-year class from approximately 2,350 applicants.
- Admission is on a rolling basis.
Students who apply are considered on the basis of their probable success as determined by:
- High school and/or college curriculum
- High school rank and grade point average
- ACT or SAT scores
- Academic recommendation
- Secondary school report
Admission Application Deadlines
- December 1: Deadline for Early Admission Program
- March 1: Deadline for filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive priority consideration
More than 90 percent of Wartburg students receive some form of financial aid. Wartburg believes that students should be able to select a school for academic rather than financial reasons. It admits students on academic and personal promise, not the ability to pay.
Costs for 2011-2012 include:
May Term Room and Board $750
Regents and Presidential Scholarship: $10,000 up to full tuition
Wartburg evaluates merit based on a combination of a student’s high school grade point average, class rank, and ACT/SAT score. Typically, students who have a high school minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, AND rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class, AND have an ACT composite score of 23 (1080 SAT) or higher will receive a Regents or Presidential Scholarship. Students who qualify and choose to participate in one of Wartburg’s Scholarship Days have the opportunity to increase their Regents or Presidential Scholarship. All awards are renewable for a maximum of eight terms, contingent upon full-time enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average.
Meistersinger Music Scholarship: up to $5,000 per year
Awarded on the basis of audition. Students must respond to an audition invitation and be accepted for admission at least two weeks prior to audition. Awards are merit-based. Competition is open to music and non-music majors and to transfer students. The recipient must take lessons in the applied area for which the scholarship was awarded, be a full-time student, and maintain at least a "B-" each term in the applied music lesson. The student must also participate in a performing group in the applied area. Contact the admissions office for audition dates.
Loret Ruppe International Student Scholarship: amount varies
International students with a TOEFL score of at least 480 may receive awards on the basis of scholastic achievement, participation in co-curricular activities, voluntary community service, and economic need. Awards are renewable, based on maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Recipients must live on campus to receive full amount of scholarship
International High Performance Scholarship: up to $2,000 per year
International students completing nine, 18, and 27 course credits at Wartburg are eligible to apply. Students must be participating in two or more campus activities and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to be considered.
McElroy Minority Scholarship / Slife Minority Scholarship: full tuition
For underrepresented first-year students. Based on recommendation and grade point average. Preference is given to students from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, area. Recipients must live on campus. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: up to $3000 per year for two years
Awarded to transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at a two-year institution. Recipient must be accepted for admission and complete a scholarship application, have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed at least 30 semester hours by March 1 application deadline and 45 semester hours at time of enrollment. Awards are renewable based on maintaining a 2.7 cumulative grade point average.
Transfer Scholarship: $7000 - $12000 per year
For transfer students with grade point averages of 2.5 or higher. Based on merit. Renewable, based on maintaining 2.7 cumulative grade point average.
National Merit Finalist Scholarship: $2,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students who are selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program and select Wartburg College as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation.
Legacy Tuition Grant: $1,500 per year
For full-time students with alumni parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) and students with a sibling who currently attends or has graduated from Wartburg. Not based on financial need.
Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC): $200-$1,500 per year
For members of participating congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A matching funds program between the congregation and the College. Not based on financial need. Wartburg matches up to $750 per academic year. Application for match is due by June 1.
Cedar Valley Science Symposium Scholarship: up to $1,000 per year
For first-year students on the basis of participation in the Cedar Valley Science Symposium. Not based on financial need. Contact the admissions office by the end of September in your senior year to meet the October deadlines and to obtain additional information.
Communication Arts/Communication Studies Scholarship: up to $1,500 per year
All high school seniors who participate in the Wartburg Communication Arts Visit Day or a Wartburg Summer Broadcast Workshop may compete. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communications such as radio, television, newspapers, speech, or theatre via an audition. To maintain the scholarship in future years, a student must declare a Communication Arts or Communication Studies major or minor.
Out-of-State Grant: up to $4,000 per year
For students residing outside of Iowa who demonstrate financial need. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted to the processor by July 1 of the award year.
Diversity Grant: amount determined by need
For underrepresented students with academic potential. Based on financial need.
Wartburg College Funded, Endowed Scholarships: $50-$3,000 per year
Numerous scholarships of varying amounts recognizing academic talent, vocational goals, and personal characteristics. Recipients recommended by faculty members. Primarily for upper classmen. The scholarship generally replaces previously awarded institutional funds.