Fast Facts

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  • One of five colleges to receive the Washington Center’s inaugural Higher Education Civic Engagement Award for service-learning and community engagement.
  • Nationally classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 12 exclusively baccalaureate colleges that foster experiential learning and community engagement.
  • Named eight consecutive times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, three times “with distinction,” in recognition of volunteer efforts by Wartburg students.
  • One of only six Iowa colleges included in the 2014-15 Colleges of Distinction, which recognizes schools that have demonstrated their dedication to "engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes."
  • Winner of NetImpact’s 2012 “Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge,” a national competition among universities and colleges rewarding social and environmental actions.
  • Ranked in the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges is the Midwest region.
  • Listed in Peterson’s Top Colleges for Science among 200 schools with outstanding programs in science and mathematics.
  • One of two colleges in Iowa to be nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for its elementary-education program.
  • Ranked in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education among 247 schools providing first-rate education at an affordable price.
  • Included among the first-tier Best National Liberal Arts Colleges as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Included in Money Magazine's "best colleges" ranking.
  • Included in Washington Monthly's best liberal arts colleges ranking for its contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and service.
  • Ranked No. 7 among national universities and liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report as an “overperformer” in graduation rates for students from low-income families.
  • Ranked No. 16 for short-term study abroad among all baccalaureate colleges during 2012-13 by the Institute of International Education.
  • State-of-the-art science center, journalism and communication facility, and sports and wellness center (The W).


  • Enrollment: 1537 students
  • Geographical representation: 28 U.S. states and 56 countries (including the USA)
  • Diversity: 162 U.S. students of color and 132 international students comprise 19% of total enrollment
  • Largest majors (rank order): business administration, biology, elementary education, journalism and communication, music education
  • Overall retention rate: 87%
  • Ratio of men to women: 48% to 52%
  • Students involved in music: Approximately 450
  • Students involved in athletics: Nearly 600
  • Students receiving financial aid: More than 90%
  • First-year students in top 10% of high school class: 25%
  • Average ACT score for first-year students: 23.8
  • Average high school grade point average: 3.58


  • Average class size:17
  • Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Full-time faculty: 104
  • Ranked faculty with highest degree in discipline: 99%
  • Endowed faculty positions: 2 distinguished chairs, 11 endowed chairs, 1 distinguished professorships, 4 endowed professorships.


  • Studied abroad: 39%
  • Completed an academic internship: 39%
  • Earned honors: (3.5 - 4.0): 38%
  • Graduated in four years or less: 89%


  • Job, graduate school placement: 98%
  • Remained in Iowa: 68% of Iowa residents; 23% of residents of other U.S. states; 5% of international students
  • Medical school placement: 88% since 2003, about double the national average of 46%
  • Placement in health-related programs in past 10 years:   100% in pharmacy, nursing, medical/clinical laboratory science, chiropractic medicine; 95% in optometry; 93% in veterinary medicine; 92% in occupational therapy; 88% in physical therapy; 83% in dentistry


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