Students Say

Wartburg College is a “small, private, liberal arts school” in the “rather small town” of Waverly, Iowa. It’s affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and named after an old castle in Germany. Highlights include “a great reputation” in the hard sciences and a “pretty strong” music program. Studying abroad is easy and popular, especially during Wartburg’s unique one-month May Term. Classes are personalized here and “the academic experience—especially as access to essential equipment and professors go—is phenomenal.” Professors “know you by your first name and will notice if you skip class.”

Overview

Applicants
2,278
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
420 - 600
SAT Math
470 - 610
SAT Writing
410 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Wartburg College is a “small, private, liberal arts school” in the “rather small town” of Waverly, Iowa. It’s affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and named after an old castle in Germany. Highlights include “a great reputation” in the hard sciences and a “pretty strong” music program. Studying abroad is easy and popular, especially during Wartburg’s unique one-month May Term. Classes are personalized here and “the academic experience—especially as access to essential equipment and professors go—is phenomenal.” Professors “know you by your first name and will notice if you skip class.” “Like at any school there are professors and classes that you don’t like, but you get through them and down the road realize that you actually did learn something.” “The administration makes itself largely available to the students,” relates a premed major. “The president of the college is always around,” chatting up students. Communication within the administration is a source of frustration, though. Also, while students admit that financial aid is quite generous, the high tuition can be “a hard pill to swallow every term” and dealing with the financial aid office is “like pulling teeth sometimes.” Internet technology “could improve tremendously,” too.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
181
with Terminal Degree
102

93
Men
88
Women
11
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Composition
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Music Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kathryn Koob
Iran hostage

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 21

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,841

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,018

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,604

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,225

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,824

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

These students come from two dozen states or so, but most are “moderately conservative” “kids from the corn.” “The typical student at Wartburg is a jock or very musically gifted.” “The science and math majors tend to think they are better than everyone.” “As might be expected for a small, expensive school in Iowa, the population is overwhelmingly white.” “Wartburg would like to portray that we are diverse and have a wide variety of students on campus,” says a junior. “We do have some international students, but I wouldn’t say a large population.” “We do have diversity,” agrees a senior, “however, not nearly as much as they promote.” “Most students associate themselves with a religious belief and religious opportunity is available” but “a very small percentage of students actually attend the chapel on campus.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,800
Out of State
25%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

52% female
48% male
25% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Wartburg boasts a “small, pretty campus.” Many of the “modern brick buildings” are interconnected by a skywalk for the brutal days of winter and the huge sports and wellness center is reportedly “one of the best in the country.” A few residence halls “need to be worked on or torn down,” though. “Wartburg is small enough that everybody knows or at least recognizes most people on campus.” “Gossip spreads really fast.” “At meals, everyone sits in about the same spots. The football players sit close to the televisions; the international students all sit at the same three tables; and everyone else fills in.” A notable chunk of students participate in choirs and sports of all kinds are enormous. There’s a storied athletic rivalry with nearby Luther College and Wartburg “has some fame” in the NCAA Division III annals. “Weekends can be a little boring.” Some students, “probably more than on most campuses,” pretty much only study or “just hang out with friends.” Wartburg has a “very strict alcohol policy” and this place simply is not a party school but drinking definitely happens on the weekends, frequently “in dorm rooms” or at a “handful” of bars near campus. Many students also head to relatively metropolitan Cedar Falls (home to the University of Northern Iowa).

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Knights)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Knights)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.wartburg.edu/orgs/alliance

Minority Support Groups: www.wartburg/edu/bsu; http://public.wartburg.edu/iclub; www.wartburg.edu/studentlife/diversity.html; www.wartburg.edu/intlprog www.wartburg.edu/eml

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
30

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Linda Smith
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677

Phone
319-352-8264

Email
linda.smith@wartburg.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Konditorei Coffee Shop/Vogel Library
Sports and Wellness Center (new 2007)
Saemann Student Center (renovated 2004)
Walston-Hoover Stadium (new 2001)
Old Main (on National Historic Registry)
$31 million Sports and Wellness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waverly Palace Theatre
Waverly Bike Trail
Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Cedar Bend Park on Cedar River
Two shopping malls (20 and 30 minutes away)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
See Visit Day schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@wartburg.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Academic year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Waterloo airport, 15 miles south of Waverly. Jefferson Bus Lines daily stop.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Centrally located in Waverly, Iowa, between most of the major metropolitan areas of the Midwest. Located on the Avenue of the Saints (Highway 27/218) that connects Minneapolis and St. Louis.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn America's Best Value Inn and Suites Super 8 Motel