WARTBURG MISSION & IDENTITY

Our Mission
Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

Our Identity
Wartburg College is a liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). You don’t have to be Lutheran, or even Christian, to appreciate the way a Wartburg education will help you discover meaning and purpose for your life. 

Many colleges work from a common creed or statement of belief where faith is imposed. Other colleges keep faith out of community life entirely. At Wartburg College, we use the Lutheran approach to education, which builds community around a lively and inclusive conversation of faith and learning.

Martin Luther, who sparked the Reformation in 1517, was both a pastor and a university professor. He wrestled with the bigger questions of life and how faith could truly change the world around us. Because of our Lutheran theological perspective, we want you to also wrestle with these big questions as you work through your four years at Wartburg. We invite and encourage conversations with people of diverse backgrounds and with differing spiritual perspectives. In turn, you will learn more about your own beliefs and values.

Discover Your Calling
Wartburg College helps students discover and claim their callings—connecting their learning with faith and values, their understanding of themselves and their gifts, their perspective on life and the future, and the opportunities for participating in church, community, and the larger society in purposeful and meaningful ways.

LEADERSHIP & SERVICE
FAITH & LEARNING

Wartburg College will help you connect these four pillars from our mission statement through our rigorous academic and co-curricular programs.

Discovering your passions and unlocking your potential. WORTH IT.

What our alumni say

WARTBURG IS A MISSION-DRIVEN PLACE

WARTBURG TRANSFORMED THE WAY I SAW MYSELF AND THE WORLD

WARTBURG HELPED ME DEVELOP A DEEPENED SENSE OF FAITH OR SPIRITUALITY

* Based on a 2013 alumni survey.