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Wartburg College

Waverly, IA


  • Type
    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Small • Rural
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Wartburg College is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in a rural setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.

From the Institution

A liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. The college is characterized by vigorous academic expectations and community engagement within an environment of strong personal support. Vocation lives at the heart of a Wartburg education, and our students are uniquely equipped to explore how their passions intersect with the needs of the community and world. The college offers more than 60 majors, including engineering, public health, actuarial science, business administration, exercise science, and music therapy, all rooted in a liberal arts tradition. Wartburg also offers a Master of Arts in music therapy and leadership and an integrated BA/MDiv degree program that reduces the time and cost to become a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. The 4-4-1 academic calendar includes a May Term that provides unique opportunities for off-campus study, internships, and field experiences. The one-term Wartburg West program in Denver, Colorado, combines a pre-professional internship with academic coursework. A similar program is offered in Des Moines, Iowa. The college is home to students from 38 U.S. states and 61 countries representing more than 20 Christian denominations and several world religions. Wartburg encourages and values respectful conversations with people of diverse backgrounds and with differing spiritual perspectives. The college offers more than 15 music ensembles, open to all majors, including two auditioned choirs and a wind ensemble that each tour internationally on a rotating schedule. Our athletic teams have a combined 27 straight years of individual or team national championships and more than 100 conference titles. Our more than 100 student organizations include honor societies and academic organizations, as well as more focused groups in spiritual life, the performing arts, service and interests (such as an International Club, Black Student Union, and Alliance), and sports and recreation. Each year, during the college's breaks, students lead service trips that not only help the communities and people they visit but inspire students to transform their thinking and create a lifelong commitment to service and the public good.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church In America
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