From the School

Wittenberg University offers a highly personal, active and engaged academic experience in a supportive environment that facilitates close interaction with award-winning faculty. Wittenberg enrolls approximately 2,000 full-time students, representing more than 41 states and 19 countries around the world. With most students living on or near campus, Wittenberg's campus is alive with activity.

Founded in 1845 in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg is a private, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In keeping with its mission, Wittenberg provides an education dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wholeness of person within a diverse residential community. Reflecting its Lutheran heritage, Wittenberg also challenges students to become responsible global citizens, to discover their callings, and to lead personal, professional, and civic lives of creativity, service, compassion, and integrity.

Wittenberg's strong arts and sciences programs, coupled with internships and community service, make its graduates attractive to prominent medical, law, and graduate programs. More than 20 percent of students begin graduate programs immediately after graduation, and 70 percent pursue an advanced degree at some point in their careers. Graduates have enjoyed successful careers in education, business, science, fine and performing arts, politics, medicine, ministry, dentistry, and law.

Wittenberg competes in the nationally renowned Division III North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), which consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. The NCAC features championship competition in 23 sports-11 for men and 12 for women. Intramurals are very popular among students, and club sports, including crew, rugby, sailing, skiing, and men's volleyball, are available.

Wittenberg is accredited by the Higher Education Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Association of University Women, the American Chemical Society, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Overview

Applicants
5,160
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
520 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 25

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

A Wittenberg education consists of three parts: a broad base in the liberal arts, an intensive course of study in a major, and an enhanced course of study that makes up a minor or electives. Wittenberg also places considerable emphasis on strong speaking, writing, critical thinking and research skills to ensure that its students are competitive graduate school applicants, outstanding future employees, and global leaders. At the same time, a Wittenberg education provides an in-depth investigation of human behavior and diversity.

Wittenberg students engage in experiential learning, pursue independent studies and honors theses, and collaborate with award-winning faculty on research projects. The Honors Program, which offers special seminars, honors theses or projects, and a variety of academic and cultural activities, is available to outstanding students who want to challenge themselves and enhance their academic program.

The WittEntrepreneurs Program, for both business and non-business majors, combines cutting-edge classes with opportunities for students to launch, operate and manage an enterprise on campus. Popular summer programs include the Screenwriters' Institute, in which award-winning alumni in television and theatre share their professional expertise with students, and the Journalism Institute, during which students create an original magazine.

For students interested in the health professions, more than 45 internships are available each semester through the clinical internship program, which pairs them with area physicians and medical health professionals in ways that offer unprecedented access and hands-on learning opportunities.

Cooperative education programs with other leading research institutions, including Case Western Reserve, Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and Washington University in St. Louis, are available to help students complete their majors. These special programs include engineering, environmental studies, marine/aquatic biology, nursing, and occupational therapy.

Pre-professional programs include accounting, education, law, theology, and the pre-health fields of pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, and pre-optometry. With approval, students may plan interdepartmental majors composed of courses selected from several departments that reflect a unified purpose or theme.

Students Say

Located in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg combines a “small school atmosphere” with “a wide horizon of learning opportunities.” The school offers “high academic standards and a dedication to research” that makes “an environment where students can excel in the classroom and out.” This “friendly, athletic campus” “offers a close-knit community where professors and students build professional and personal relationships.” The school’s motto is “Having Light, We Pass It On To Others.” This is taken seriously by the “extremely engaging” professors who are “committed to helping students both in and out of the classroom.” The “fabulous” teachers at Wittenberg are “always accessible and willing to help” and really get to know students “on a personal level.” “I feel like I am learning from my best friends,” one happy student reports. An Environmental Science student agrees, saying, “I have become very close to a few of my professors and have really come to enjoy my classroom experience.” Some students say that “communication with the student body” and “upper level administration” “is not always the best.” Still, a Communications major lavishes praise on the entire staff, “not only just teachers, but I would go as far to say even down to the maintenance and janitor crew.” Part of the reason students love classes at Wittenberg is the small class sizes. This “means excellent attention paid to students.” “The class sizes and student-teacher ratio makes it an ideal place to develop professional relationships” and these relationships “really elevates the learning environment and makes classes far more interesting than large schools.” The “open-minded and encouraging” faculty really pushes “students to build our own ideas and projects.” All in all, “the people, the faculty and students are very happy, connected, and welcoming community.” This, combined with the “gorgeous campus” might explain the “high morale among the students.” As a Psychology major explains, “Wittenberg is a place where students can develop themselves as a whole person—academically, professionally, and socially.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
196
with Terminal Degree
142

111
Men
85
Women
14
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sheila J. Simon
Lieutenant Governor - State of Illinois

Ronald Fook Shiu Li
Founder of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Fred B. Mitchell
Sports Columnist the Chicago Tribune

A. John Pelander
Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court

John E. McLaughlin
Served as Deputy Director of the CIA

Linda Gillespie Stuntz
Served as Deputy Secretary for US Dept of Energy

T. Ann Ziff
Chair - Metropolitan Opera

Overview

From The School

Basic costs for full-time
undergraduates for the 2012-2013 academic year are:
Tuition: $37,230
Room: $5,056
Board: $4,680
Activity fee: $300
Technology fee: $500
Total: $47,766

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,638

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,184

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,859

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,748

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,935

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,230
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,774
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

With more than 125 organizations and clubs, students can easily pursue their passions while at the same time develop management and leadership skills. Student groups are formed on topics ranging from cultural and social awareness to recreational to religious involvement and communication. For aspiring leaders, Wittenberg offers the Emerging Leaders program for first-year students.

Approximately 30 percent of the students are involved in Greek life. Many academic departments have major-specific honor societies and clubs. Weekend activities include lectures, art exhibits, concerts, dances, movies, coffeehouses, and comedians. New organizations and activities are created regularly to meet the changing interests of students.

Students Say

This “beautiful school” is filled with “friendly,” “outgoing,” and “quirky people.” “It is hard to describe a typical student because we are very diverse, but with that diversity we all are able to get in,” an Environmental Science student says. If you had to generalize, most students are “white, from Ohio, [and] middle class,” but “Wittenberg has a wonderful variety of students.” Students tend to be “fun personalities, engaged, curious and eager to learn, smart.” “All types of students here are welcomed in with ease” and everyone can “find at least one friend group.” One student elaborates that these groups “are like amoebas that are constantly shifting, made up of many different people.” Overall Wittenberg is a “tight-knit community” where all you have to do to make a friend is “step out and say hello!”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,959
Out of State
29%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

57% female
43% male
29% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

From The School

Located in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg's campus, ranked as one of the nation's most beautiful, rests on 95 wooded, rolling acres in a residential neighborhood. With a population of 65,000, Springfield offers cultural events and internship opportunities found in larger urban areas, as well as the friendliness and sense of community typical of small towns.

The university's Center for Civic and Urban Engagement celebrates Wittenberg's distinct urban environment and promotes scholarship, service, and collaboration between the university and the greater Springfield area, creating a more vibrant, cohesive community.

Recreational opportunities include an extensive bike trail system and recently constructed kayaking structures on Buck Creek, both of which border the Wittenberg campus. Students also enjoy the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House; the Heritage Center, a museum showcasing Springfield's vibrant history; beautiful state parks; and the Springfield Museum of Art, located adjacent to campus.

Springfield's proximity to Dayton (25 miles), Columbus (45 miles), and Cincinnati (75 miles) gives students convenient access to airports and additional social and recreational opportunities, such as concerts, shopping, parks, museums, and sporting events.

Students Say

Students are typically busy and even “often over-involved” at Wittenberg. Your average student might be “involved and overcommitted in at least 2 clubs and a sport or Greek life.” “With over 100 student clubs and organizations, it is easy to find things to get involved in,” one student explains. “Witt students generally know how to work hard and play hard” and “party every day.” One student says that partying is so pervasive that “if you do not drink then you have no chance of fitting in.” “The typical student is one who drinks constantly, and rarely ever gets in trouble for it,” since, students say, the University is lax on enforcing drug and alcohol rules. Still, there are plenty of other activities to do on campus from “just hang[ing] out and spend[ing] time with each other” to “Witt Wednesday” in which “comedians or musicians come to entertain.” “What don’t we do?” one student says. One quirky, or even “downright surreal” part of campus life has to do with the crows. “Our crow-deterrent alarms, which are mounted on the roofs of every building, are triggered by students walking by,” one student explains. “It’s downright uncanny at night to hear crow death screams played from the rooftops as you walk back to your dorm.” Students who love nature will enjoy “a reservoir to swim in, 2 playground/parks, and 3 national parks for hiking.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
8

25% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Central State University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wright State University

Sustainability

Wittenberg University is certainly serious about sustainability. To begin with, the school has pledged to cut energy consumption 20 percent by 2020. Moreover, Wittenberg maintains a large and successful recycling program. In fact, last year the university managed to recycle 49,000 pounds of material. The school also runs a successful food co-op, providing locally sourced, fairly traded, organic products such as honey, bread, apples, turkeys, and coffee. Many of these items are purchased from folks in the surrounding community, thus helping the local economy as well. There's also a lot of environmental action to be found beyond university initiatives. Indeed, Wittenberg students are eager to embrace the sustainability movement as well. Many participate in campus-wide events like the annual Residence Hall Energy Reduction Competition. Academically, there are plenty of environmental themed courses in which undergrads can enroll. For example, they can take classes like Global Climate Change, Watershed Hydrology, Science in Social Context, Topics in Physical Geology: Sustainable Earth, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Finally, a select number of Wittenberg undergrads can easily get their green on should they choose to live in the EcoHouse. Before moving in, students must agree to recycle, record and reduce their energy consumption, purchase organic, or local items and pursue carpooling (or alternative transportation options) whenever possible. Additionally, they must help maintain an onsite garden and compost bin. With all of these opportunities, we think it's safe to say that Wittenberg undergrads are making an important impact!

Green Rating
83
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
POMEROY

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michell Wilke
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Admission Office
Ward St. and North Wittenberg Ave.
Springfield, OH 45501

Phone
877-206-0332

Email
admission@wittenberg.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
HPERC Athletic Center
Benham Pence Student Center
Hollenbeck Hall
Weaver Observatory
Thomas Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Springfield Center for the Arts @ Wittenberg University
Buck Creek State Park
The Greene
U.S. Air Force Museum
Downtown Yellow Springs

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; limited Saturdays
9am-5pm;
877-206-0332

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times
Seasonal - please contact us

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@wittenberg.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sunday through Thursday nights when classes are in session; only for admitted applicants

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Dayton International Airport is 27 miles from the campus. Car rentals are available from the airport. During the academic year, student drivers provide free shuttle service between the airport and the campus; call the Admission Office at least one week in advance to arrange for this service. Transportation can also be arranged from the Columbus Airpt for prospect and accepted students.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-70, take U.S. Rte. 68 N. to Ohio Rte. 41. Proceed west for 2 miles on Rte. 41 following signs to the university.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Springfield 100 S. Fountain Ave. (937) 322-3600 Country Inn and Suites 1751 W. First Street (937) 322-2200 Fairfield Inn 1870 W. First St. (937) 323-9554
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Key Stats

5,160
Applicants
1,959
Size
89%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

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