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NATIONAL, REGIONAL RECOGNITION

  • 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 seven consecutive times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, twice “with distinction,” in recognition of volunteer efforts by Wartburg students.
  • Winner of NetImpact’s 2012 “Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge,” a national competition among universities and colleges rewarding social and environmental actions.
  • One of only 34 colleges in the Central U.S. region profiled by Colleges of Distinction.
  • 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.
  • Ranked No. 7 by 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. 15 for short-term study abroad among all baccalaureate colleges during 2011-12 by the Institute of International Education.
  • State-of-the-art science center, communication arts facility and sports and wellness center (The W).

2013-14 ENROLLMENT

  • Enrollment: 1,714 students
  • Geographical representation: 30 U.S. states and a record 60 countries (including the USA)
  • Record Diversity: 193 U.S. students of color and 165 international students comprise a record 20.9% of total enrollment
  • Largest majors (rank order): biology, business administration, communication arts, elementary education, psychology
  • Retention rate: 85.1%
  • Ratio of men to women: 47% to 53%
  • 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: 26%
  • Average ACT score for first-year students: 23.3
  • Average high school grade point average: 3.44

ACADEMICS

  • Average class size:19
  • Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Full-time faculty: 109
  • Ranked faculty with highest degree in discipline: 89%
  • Endowed positions: 1 distinguished chair, 10 endowed chairs, 5 endowed professorships

CLASS OF 2012

  • Studied abroad: 52%
  • Completed an academic internship: 32%
  • Earned honors: (3.5 - 4.0): 33%
  • Earned highest honors: (3.85 - 4.0):11%
  • Graduated in four years or less: 93%

PLACEMENT

  • 2011 job, graduate school placement: 97%
  • Remained in Iowa:75% of Iowa residents; 41% of residents of other U.S. states; 36% of international students
  • Medical school placement: 88.5% since 2003, double the national average of 46%
  • Placement in health-related programs in past 10 years: 100% in optometry, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, medical technology; 92% in physical therapy; 94% in veterinary medicine; 85% in dentistry

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