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Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

For more than 160 years, Wittenberg University has developed students’ individual gifts and talents by using an active, engaged learning environment that provides an outstanding foundation for successful careers and meaningful lives. Through a range of courses designed to engage and inspire, Wittenberg’s award-winning professors push students’ thinking beyond what is comfortable and into what is important.


Wittenberg embraces its mission in every corner of campus to ensure that students’ personal paths to understanding, achievement, and purpose remain at the center of the university’s attention. Reflecting its Lutheran heritage, Wittenberg challenges students to become responsible global citizens, to discover their callings, and to lead lives of compassion and integrity.  



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,736 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
122 full-time faculty
57 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
92% of first year students live on campus
86% of all students live on campus

School Location

Springfield, Ohio is an all-American city with a population of 61,000 that offers an abundance of opportunities for community service, internships and recreation. Bringing students the educational and social benefits of larger cities are Dayton (25 miles to the west), Columbus (45 miles to the east) and Cincinnati (75 miles to the southwest).

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

75% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 year graduation rate 2015

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 7%
White 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III, 24 varsity sports: men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball; women: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball

North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)

Mascot: Tiger
Colors:  Red & White

Other Information

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg University is a private, coeducational, residential liberal arts & sciences college that is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Academic Programs

Majors: Accounting, American Studies, Art, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Computer Science with Cybersecurity, Dance, Earth Science, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Finance, Financial Economics, French, Geology, German, History, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian and Central Eurasian Studies, Sociology, Sociology with Criminology, Spanish, Sport Management, Theatre

Minors: African and Diaspora Studies, Archaeology, Business, Chinese, Cinema Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Health Science, Journalism, Marine Science, Neuroscience, Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies, Russian, Statistics, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies.  All majors are also available as minors. 

Self-designed majors are available as well as pre-professional programs in engineering, law, theology and the health professions.

From collaborative research opportunities with faculty members (many of whom have earned prestigious Fulbright awards) to helping orphans in an African nation, Wittenberg students engage in college life and in the world around them on a daily basis. Wittenberg students understand that there never is just one point of view, one answer, or one truth. The choices they make and the issues they face are best understood within the context of history, politics, culture, psychology, science, technology, economics, and religion. The broader the vision, the more confident and successful Wittenberg students are.


With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 20, Wittenberg ensures a highly personal, hands-on education with classroom discussion, group-based work, and collaborative projects. Wittenberg offers generous funding opportunities to students conducting research, the findings of which are often presented  at regional and national conferences.


At Wittenberg, learning extends beyond the walls of the traditional classroom, from local archaeological digs to theatre performances at the Stratford Festival in Canada. Through the WittEntrepreneurs Program, students from any discipline can launch, operate, and manage an enterprise on campus. At the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University, students can learn about arts management and education. The possibilities are endless.


The Emerging Leaders program develops first-year students’ skills, personal qualities, and knowledge that they will need to be effective leaders at Wittenberg and beyond. Participants network with other first-year students and Wittenberg staff members, learn the value of a diverse community, and get involved on campus through planning events.


Believing that students can only understand the world through first-hand experience, Wittenberg offers a vibrant study abroad program that enriches global citizenship in over 40 locations.  From short-term semester and summer programs to full-year options, Wittenberg’s study abroad has allowed students to learn on safari in Kenya, traverse China’s Silk Road, or follow Martin Luther’s footsteps in Wittenberg, Germany.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

Right at the start of every student’s first class, they are instantly exposed to gifted scholar-teachers in small class settings. The work is designed to be challenging, but faculty members remain close. The great majority of students develop relationships with professors as mentors and friends.

There are no teaching assistants at Wittenberg. The faculty culture attracts scholars and scientists who are highly committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Wittenberg professors understand that, in life, problems are not always clear. Before the best solutions are found, problems must be broken down, component by complicated component. After complexities are deeply explored, the results must be creatively synthesized for effective evaluation. At Wittenberg, hands-on, profound research comes naturally.

First-Year Programs

First-Year Programs (FYP) help students build solid foundations for lifelong academic, personal, and professional success with support services that facilitate their transitions into Wittenberg. All first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar, the topics of which range from international business to modern political philosophy. With 25 students per course, students experience supportive and collaborative environments that prepare them for guaranteed achievement.


To achieve the level of competence required by graduate schools and many employers, students take seven writing-intensive courses from across the curriculum, two of which must be within their major. The Writing Center has advisors ready to work with students on any project from the first brainstorm to the final draft.

New Academic Programs

Wittenberg has created new academic programs in response to the evolving interests of students and the rapidly changing needs of the job market. New programs include a major and minor in exercise science, a computer science major with a cybersecurity track, and a criminology concentration in the sociology major.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Community Service

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 71 155 138 53 5 3 1 426

As a community of thinkers, leaders, athletes, and doers, Wittenberg offers one of the most energetic campuses in the country. Whatever their passion, students at Wittenberg can find a group of like-minded students.

Co-Curricular Activities

With more than 120 student organizations, including honor societies, music ensembles, social awareness clubs, political groups, and religious organizations, Wittenberg students can easily find ways to engage in student life and develop leadership skills. The Student Senate holds real power, managing an annual budget of more than $300,000. Additionally, approximately one-third of students join one of Wittenberg’s six fraternities and five sororities.

Athletics: A Winning Tradition

Wittenberg has a history of leading teams to big wins and legendary achievements. The Tigers have claimed more men’s basketball victories than any other NCAA Division III school, and Wittenberg was the first football program to reach 700 all-time wins. All students, no matter their affiliation with on-campus sports, have access to fitness centers and health & wellness programs.


The Wittenberg Series enhances the university’s academic program by providing unique and exciting avenues for students to engage with the arts. Students can explore the work of visual and performing artists from all around the world, exposing them to diverse cultural, intellectual, and value-centered perspectives.


All Wittenberg students are encouraged to participate in the art, music, theatre, and dance programs, regardless of their majors.  Wittenberg’s Department of Theatre and Dance stages a variety of shows each year, from classic to contemporary theatre and dance productions. The Department of Music showcases ensemble performances throughout the year, while the Department of Art sponsors exhibits by students, faculty, and professional artists in the Ann Miller Gallery and Thompson Gallery.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options X


Other: University-owned houses around campus

The Wittenberg Commitment

The Wittenberg Commitment is a four-year personal and professional development plan that promises students a seamless transition into college. It ensures a meaningful journey throughout their time at Wittenberg and beyond. The commitment includes comprehensive academic and vocational advising, the creation of a “WittFolio” to share with graduate schools and potential employers, access to the Wittenberg alumni network for mentoring and career resources, and a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee.


Designed to ensure student success, the new, one-stop Compass center will assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals from day one. At the center, students can learn more about such high-impact practices as internships, faculty-student research opportunities, mentoring, and community engagement options. Students have access to several services essential to their success, including financial aid counseling, academic advising, and class registration.


Through Wittenberg’s community service requirement, students learn about community needs and how to contribute. Every year, students perform more than 20,000 hours of service, benefiting non-profit organizations from around the world. Wittenberg’s chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing offers  alternative spring break trips to repair and rebuild homes in the southern United States. In addition, first-year students can participate in service-learning courses that engage them in meaningful and purposeful ways of connecting concepts and theories to the practical, hands-on learning of “real life” experience.


Wittenberg students in every major are encouraged to pursue an internship to help them identify and launch meaningful and rewarding careers. The local area offers an abundance of internship sites, the Springfield News-Sun, the Springfield Crime Lab, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, among many others. Through the clinical intern program, students pair up with area physicians and health professionals to gain hands-on learning opportunities.

Career Services

With a mission to help students effectively choose meaningful and rewarding careers, Career Services uses both personalized and technological resources to assist students in enhancing their liberal arts education with the power of experience.  Students have access to a robust alumni network, career consulting, online job resources, assistance with resume-writing, and job interview techniques.

Wittenberg alumni are sought-after graduates who bring global understanding and a well-rounded approach to their work across all fields, working at the White House, Dreamworks, the Peace Corps, and the Nobel Prize Nominating committee.



Admissions Fall 2015

6,487 Total Applicants
4,986 Total Admissions
493 Total Freshmen Enrollment

76.86% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work

Standardized test scores
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 610
SAT Math 490 610
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    

Admissions Information

Wittenberg looks at more than grades and test scores (in fact, Wittenberg is test-score optional). Instead the university looks for students who show a commitment to service and leadership as well as academic accomplishment and ambition. Campus visits are highly encouraged as are admission interviews. Students can apply free online at www.wittenberg.edu/apply.  


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $37,230
Fees $860
Total $38,090
Room and Board (on campus) $10,126
Estimated Total On Campus $48,216


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$33,046 First year students
$25,798 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

68% on average, the percentage of need that was met
47% of financial need students that had need fully met

$25,798 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,572 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Wittenberg awards more than $40 million in scholarships and grants every year to help students focus on their education, not on finances. An online net price calculator is available at www.wittenberg.edu/npc to assist students and their families in the financial aid process.

Each year, Wittenberg recognizes and rewards outstanding scholastic achievements by awarding merit-based scholarships and special awards to deserving students. Students are automatically considered for these awards once they submit an application to Wittenberg. The university selects students on the basis of performance, involvement in co-curricular activities, personal references and writing ability.  

Wittenberg recognizes individual talents, experiences and passions through special interest awards in the areas of art, dance, music, theatre, community engagement, environmental science, entrepreneurship and student leadership. Special interest awards each require a separate application, audition or portfolio. If selected, students may receive up to one special interest award in addition to one merit-based scholarship.

More information can be found at www.wittenberg.edu/admission/financials.

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