Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus
Wittenberg University campus

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 1,900 full-time students, representing 38 states and 25 countries. 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, while Wittenberg offers intercollegiate athletics opportunities in 24 sports – 12 for men and 12 for women. Intramurals are also very popular among students, and club sports, including ice hockey, rugby, sailing, soccer, volleyball, and basketball, 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.


From The School

Admission to Wittenberg is selective and based on the following information: high school record, including the strength of the high school and its curriculum, and trends in the student’s academic work; SAT or ACT scores; co-curricular activities and community participation; recommendations; and an essay. Wittenberg is a test optional school. International students, transfer students and International Baccalaureate diploma holders are encouraged to apply. An on-campus interview is not required but is highly recommended. Students may apply using the free online application at wittenberg.edu/apply or the Common Application.

The deadlines for applying are as follows for incoming freshmen:
Early Decision: November 15
Early Action I: December 1
Early Action II: January 15
Regular Action: March 15

Students must apply by December 1 to receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships. Transfer application deadlines are December 1 for spring semester and July 15 for fall semester. The international student application deadline is March 15.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 560
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

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. 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, and Washington University in St. Louis, are available to help students complete their majors. These special programs include engineering, marine/aquatic biology, and occupational therapy. Wittenberg also offers a nursing in partnership with Clark State.

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

Majors and Degrees Offered

Wittenberg offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Music Education (BME), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in partnership with Clark State. Wittenberg also offers a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Analytics.

Nearly 40 majors are offered: accounting, American studies, art, biochemistry & molecular biology, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science (including a cybersecurity concentration), 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 (including a criminology concentration), Spanish, sport management and theatre.

In addition to the above, Wittenberg offers minors in African and Diaspora Studies, archaeology, business, Chinese, cinema studies, creative writing, environmental studies, health science, journalism, marine science, neuroscience, pre-modern and ancient world studies, Russian, statistics, urban studies, and women's studies.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • East Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • 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

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • 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
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Wesley C. Bates
CEO, Stanley Steemer

Katie W. Dowd
Digital Director, Hillary Clinton for America

Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris
Exec. Dir. - League of Women Voters

Dr. Wendell R. Lutz
Physicis - Pioneered Med Adv in Radiation Therapy

A. John Pelander
Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court

Sheila J. Simon
State of Illinois Lieutanant Governor

T. Ann Ziff
Chair - Metropolitan Opera & Board Member Los Angeles Opera

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Basic costs for full-time undergraduates for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

Tuition: $37,230
Room: $5,158
Board: $4,968
Activity fee: $300
Technology fee: $500
Total: $48,156

Financial Aid

Wittenberg is aggressive in offering different ways to finance an outstanding, affordable education, including both need-based and merit-based assistance. Need-based assistance includes grants, loans, and work-study programs. Approximately 83 percent of Wittenberg students qualify for need-based aid, and the average scholarship and grant financial assistance award is $27,177 per year. To be considered, applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

All accepted students are automatically considered for academic scholarships and special interest awards. To be given priority consideration, students should submit a complete application for admission by December 1.

Accepted students may compete for special interest awards that recognize commitment to community service, superior student leadership experience, entrepreneurship, or environmental science. Fine arts scholarships reward students for talent in art, dance, music, and theatre. Each of these scholarships requires a separate audition/application process.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With more than 125 organizations and clubs, students can easily pursue their passions while developing 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 participate 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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
26% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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!"


From The School


Located in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg's campus, ranked as one of the nation’s most beautiful, rests on 114 wooded, rolling acres in a residential neighborhood. With a population of 60,000, 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 Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement celebrates Wittenberg’s distinct urban environment as it 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 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; ice skating at the indoor Chiller arena downtown; 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Wittenberg's campus consists of 26 major buildings, including nine academic buildings designed to enhance learning and encourage interaction and collaboration among faculty and students. The state-of-the-art Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center contains modern technology and equipment, including cell and microbiology labs, organic chemistry labs, and neurobiology and physiology labs that, along with the Math Workshop, provide hands-on learning experiences for all students, regardless of major.

Home to the humanities, Hollenbeck Hall houses a 24-hour computer lab, the Writing Center, and the Foreign Language Learning Center.

Blair Hall, home to the university’s nationally recognized education program, earned LEED Gold certification for its green-focused building strategies. The Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University is home to the visual and performing arts and features a blackbox theatre for theatre and dance performances and an art gallery. Students interested in music have access to the John M. Chowning Laboratory for Music and Technology, practice rooms and recital space. Thomas Library, open extensive hours, offers an abundance of both digital and print resources and houses the Oral Communication Center and Research Help Center.

Wittenberg’s 24 men’s and women’s Division III athletics teams compete using outstanding facilities and fields. Athletics facilities include basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts; a football field and outdoor track; access to nearby baseball fields; a tennis complex; a softball field; a natatorium; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a weight room.

Seven residence halls offer a variety of living arrangements for freshmen and sophomores in both historic and new buildings, all equipped with computer labs and lounges. Upperclass students can choose to live in the residence halls or on-campus apartments, the Campus Ministries House, or sorority and fraternity houses.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Every day Wittenberg students engage in the world around them — and apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations — through community service, internships, and part-time jobs. One of a select few universities requiring community service of all its students, Wittenberg believes students learn more of themselves when they give of themselves. Toward that end, students annually contribute thousands of hours to the local community.

Off-campus academic opportunities include an extensive student-teaching program, a marine biology/freshwater ecology program in the Bahamas, the Local Government Management Program, the African Studies/community service program in Lesotho, the Wittenberg in Wittenberg, Germany, program, and the Lutheran College Washington, D.C. Semester Program. Students also have interned with businesses and non-profits across the country, including the U.S. Library of Congress, ABC Primetime Live, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and the National Institutes of Health.

The Office of International Education assists students with selecting study-abroad programs and counsels them on integrating international study with their academic and career goals. Through memberships in several consortia, more than 20 percent of Wittenberg students participate in study-abroad programs at 40 sites in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Students are typically busy and even "often over-involved" at Wittenberg. Your average student might be "involved and overcommitted in at least two 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, two playground/parks, and three national parks for hiking."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

28% join a fraternity
36% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Michell Wilke
Campus Visit Coordinator

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



Experience College Life

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

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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available

Seasonal - please contact us

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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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