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Wartburg College is a small, private liberal arts school with "a family atmosphere" in Waverly, Iowa. Associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wartburg is about "giving back to the community, because we truly do lead lives of leadership and service through our faith and learning." Wartburg boasts a "a very strong science program," and students report that many in the sciences "get into their first choice grad school." Students prepare for "their future careers through hands-on experience, close interaction with professors, and [. . .] involvement on campus." "My professors actually care about my well being and my interests and are engaged with what I am doing." Full-time Wartburg instructors "are very knowledgeable" and "make their classes entertaining," but students say they are not as happy with adjunct faculty "pulled in from various other colleges or universities." The academic experience overall is "rewarding," largely because students are "treated like they matter" by the attentive faculty who are "pretty much always willing to help you outside of class."

Student Body

Wartburg undergraduates report that "the majority of students are from rural Iowa towns" and most of the student body is white. Students who "come from a very diverse city and school district" say that the demographic makeup at "Wartburg was a big shock." Many students describe the "welcoming" campus environment: People are "nice and helpful. We hold the doors for people and smile or say hi to everyone." "Everyone knows everyone and I love the close-knit community that Wartburg has," one student explains. Students are "highly intelligent and hardworking" and "value academics strongly, yet know when it is appropriate to let loose and have fun as well." Both musical and athletic participation are popular at Wartburg, and some students as belonging to one of those two "cliques." Others explain that "most people are involved in many things and have little free time," and as a result much of their social time is spent within those activities. Wartburg is associated with the Lutheran church, but "the student body and teachers aren't pushy about religion so people who are not Lutheran feel comfortable."

Campus Life

Life at Wartburg College is generally spent "studying, volunteering, involved in the arts or athletics, and building relationships" with classmates. Here's a typical week: After classes, "most students find time to workout in the afternoon" and "late afternoons into the evenings [. . .] consist of sports practices, music ensembles, work, and homework. Students frequent local establishments (some drink) on Thursday through Saturday," including trips to "the local bar, the bowling alley" or "to a neighboring big city, Cedar Falls." "Sundays are spent mostly studying and getting work done." Students often gather in the library, which "is a very popular study spot," and "there are almost always fun activities going on every week open to all students."

Overview

Applicants
4,028
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
422 - 520
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 550

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
159
with Terminal Degree
93

80
Women
79
Men
6
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • 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
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • 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

  • 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

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • 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
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor'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


Kathryn Koob
Iran hostage

Dr. Richard Wahl
Nuclear Medicine Expert

Col. Erna Thompson
Highest ranking woman in US Army during WWII

Coleen Rowley
Whistleblower FBI agent

Dr. Delbert H. Meyer
Discovered process for creating purified terephthalic acid

Mark Holtz
Voice of the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Tony Frank
president, Colorado State University

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,110

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,267

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,260

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,794

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,792

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,710
Required Fees
$1,020
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,825
Transportation for Commuters
$800

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,748
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
1,482
Foreign Countries Represented
58

Demographics

1.24%
Asian
5.25%
African-American
3.87%
Hispanic
74.98%
Caucasian
3.04%
Unknown
8.43%
International

52% female
48% male
29% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
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’s 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’s functional limitations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
85
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

20% participate in intramural sports
42% participate in intercollegiate sports

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)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
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

96/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
49%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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
80

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
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
Sports and Wellness Center (new 2008)
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 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


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