Wartburg College is helping Waverly become one of Iowa’s most diverse communities through a record enrollment of U.S. diversity and international students.

Figures released by the college this week show that enrollment increased to 1,805, the third-highest total on record, including 204 U.S. diversity students and 129 international students from 49 countries.

“Our diversity population is now 18 percent, a remarkable achievement for a private college in a rural setting,” said Dr. Edith Waldstein, vice president for enrollment management.

“Students at Wartburg come from a record 50 countries, counting the United States. They also represent 29 U.S. states, the highest number in recent years, and at least 30 distinct religious affiliations.”

Wartburg enrolled 548 new full-time students, including 510 first-year students and 38 transfers, compared with last year’s total of 526 new full-time students.

“We are pleased that the academic profile of the incoming class also increased,” Waldstein said, noting that the average grade point average was 3.52, the highest since 2007.

The average ACT composite score increased from 23.5 to 23.9, and one-third of first-year students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Wartburg’s five top majors remained unchanged—biology, business administration, communication arts, elementary education and psychology. The ratio of men to women also was the same—47 percent to 53 percent.

Eight students are studying abroad during Fall Term 2011, and 14 students are enrolled at Wartburg West, a one-term program of academic course work and preprofessional internships in Denver, Colo.

Four states provide 89 percent of Wartburg’s students, with Iowa contributing 69 percent, Minnesota 9 percent, Illinois 8 percent and Wisconsin 3 percent.