See what students say:

Academics

Wartburg College, located in Waverly, Iowa, is a liberal arts school that does an “amazing job incorporating faith” into the classroom. Some of the greatest strengths the college possesses are “faith, service, personal connections, and job placement.” The music education and music therapy programs are “fantastic,” as is the Wartburg choir. Plenty of non-music majors are attracted to Wartburg for the opportunity to participate, to perform, and to “be a part of music.” The biology, pre-professional programs and athletic programs are also stand out offerings. Students like “the small community aspect, which also means a small student-faculty ratio” with “one-on-one time with professors.” Students typically feel that faculty members “have large hearts” and “a genuine interest in how their students are getting along in their classes and how they are doing.” Certain departments, including education, “do a great job of getting you out in the field right away to make sure that you have the experience needed,” and academic advisors provide truly “individualized meetings and scheduling” options. Wartburg emphasizes community service and what the college can “give back to the community is something rare and incredible.” Offerings include “helping to train service dogs, opening up the wellness center to the community,” and raising “awareness for multiple causes.”

Student Body

The majority of students are “from small towns in Iowa and either participate in sports or music.” Students form close ties, with some observing the tendency for “cliques to form,” especially among athletes and musicians, citing this is notably apparent in “dining areas.” Wartburg students are a “community of scholars” who “go out of their way to do community service.” As for diversity, one student notes that, although the school is “mostly white, … [there are] still many international students, students of color, [and] students of different cultures.” However, another expresses the desire for more: “I wish there was more diversity among my peers in regard to race and religious backgrounds, and more inclusiveness to students that are part of the LGBT community.”

Campus Life

Wartburg is located in Waverly, a “small town,” so there is “not much to do” but students “make [their] own fun.” Students attend “baseball games and wrestling matches,” “play sand volleyball” in the warmer months, and “shoot hoops and run in ‘the W’ wellness center, a community and student exercise facility center.” One Wednesday of the month is devoted to “dollar movie nights,” and students will go to “Joe’s Knight Hawk bar on Saturday evenings,” “a highlight of most people’s weeks.” Students looking for a little more excitement can take trips to “Cedar Falls and Waterloo, which has the mix of downtown and social life.” Dorms have “lounges with a T.V. and a game table of some kind.” Students hope that “dining services” and “food options” improve. They love the “skywalks” that connect the buildings, but also note that some facilities need some upgrades.

Overview

Applicants
4,298
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
158
with Terminal Degree
90

81
Women
77
Men
15
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • 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, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Mass Communication/Media 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.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Music Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • 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.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Coleen Rowley
Whistleblower FBI Agent

Sharon Corrigan
Cir Customer Relations - Jaguar Land Rover North America

Tony Frank
Colorado State University President

Jack Salzwedel
CEO of American Family Insurance

Laura Olson
Dir of Human Rights Program - The Carter Center

Scott Harves
ESPN Feature Producer

Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez
Consultant in Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Mayo Clinic

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,090

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,380

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,507

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,559

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,480

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,830
Required Fees
$2,100
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,990
Transportation for Commuters
$800

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,280
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,498
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

1.29%
Asian
4.16%
African-American
4.70%
Hispanic
76.29%
Caucasian
2.52%
Unknown
7.63%
International

53% female
47% male
31% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
87%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Pathways Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Nicole Willis

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

*Statement of diagnosis(es); *Description of the nature of the diagnosis; *List of current medication(s) and/or treatment(s); *Specific recommendations for accommodations, including a rational for each based on the student *functional limitations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

*Statement of diagnosis(es); *Description of the nature of the diagnosis; *List of current medication(s) and/or treatment(s); *Specific recommendations for accommodations, including a rational for each based on the student *functional limitations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
86
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

21% participate in intramural sports
42% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
11 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.wartburg.edu/orgs, www.wartburg.edu/diversity; www.wartburg.edu/intlprog; http://www.wartburg.edu/iclub/

Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dawn Sundberg
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677

Phone
319-352-8264

Email
dawn.sundberg@wartburg.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Konditorei Coffee Shop/Vogel Library
Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center
Saemann Student Center
Walston-Hoover Stadium
Old Main (on National Historic Registry)

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays
8:00-4:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00-12:00pm
319-352-8264

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

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.

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


Articles & Advice