When your student joins the Wartburg family, so do you!

Joining the Wartburg College community is about much more than sending your student to college. It’s about sharing experiences that your family will talk about for years to come, from New Student Orientation to the annual Homecoming & Family Weekend to Commencement. 

Please use the resources on this website to stay connected with us so we can better serve you and our students. Please contact us anytime you have questions. If we can’t answer your question we will be sure to connect you with someone who can. Feel free to call us at 319-352-8491 or email

Parent Ambassadors
Lori and Dave Melz, West Des Moines
Chris and Joe Levesque, Stillwater, Minn.
Dave (’86) and Nancy (’86) Zittergruen, Chaska, Minn.
Dan and Denise Brannaman, Mt. Vernon
Joe and Julie Corpstein, Anamosa
Kevin and Mary Officer, West Des Moines
Gary and Mary French, Cumming

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Wartburg College: Where students discover their worth

It can be tough for a student to find the college that feels like the perfect fit. And the decision process can be a challenge to parents, too. So, what makes choosing Wartburg worth it? Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. Let us show you all the ways Wartburg makes being a Knight worth it. 

Direct interaction with professors: Our class sizes are small, so all students have personal access to their professors

Tight-knit community: College is where you make connections, and Wartburg graduates develop strong networks of friends and mentors for life

Dedication to leadership and service: Our leadership programs shape Wartburg students and give them the skills and experiences they need to discover their passions and become strong leaders.

Academic success: Our students go beyond earning a degree—they excel in the classroom, concert hall, on the field, and in the real world. At Wartburg, 98 percent of our graduates earn their degrees in four years or less.


“All of our children have or will participate in service trips and they have been all over the states helping those in need. One of our children attended Wartburg West, which was the highlight of his time at Wartburg, and another received an internship that solidified what he wanted to do as a professional.” 

— Dan & Denise Brannaman, Wartburg parents 


Few experiences lead to self-discovery like embarking on a journey. Each of Wartburg’s students takes a journey of some kind, whether literally or in spirit, that helps them become who they want to be.  If the idea of travel excites your student, Wartburg offers many opportunities to see the world. Encourage your student to try any of these options for an experience worth every minute.

If the idea of travel excites your student, Wartburg offers many opportunities to see the world. Encourage your student to try any of these options for an experience worth every minute. 

Passion motivates us, drives us, and excites us. At Wartburg, your student’s passions will lead to many new places and experiences. 

We ensure students will have all the tools they need to find and pursue their passion by choosing professors who are more than experts in their fields. Our professors thrive on helping students discover and pursue their passions. 

Wartburg students find their passions, discover what they can offer to the world, and graduate in four years. 

Whether your student is meant to help a community as a doctor, serve the world as an advocate for those fighting disease or poverty, or be an innovator in his or her field, Wartburg will help him or her pursue those dreams. We prepare students for more than just a job— we prepare them for life. 

Wartburg students do more than hope for a job in their fields—they strive for their dream careers. And we’re beside them every step of the way.

“Taylor is involved in the track program. As soon as we visited the campus, we knew the staff and coaches were going to be there to help Taylor grow into who she is supposed to be. We knew she would have the support she would need to decide on a major and point her toward her goals.” 

— Mary Officer, Wartburg parent 



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 Wartburg is selective in granting admission to graduates from accredited high schools and colleges. The college limits enrollment of first-year and transfer students. Admission is on a rolling basis. Students who apply are considered on the basis of their probable success. Wartburg College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, genetics, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in employment, programs, or benefits. 


 “I have had the privilege of sending two daughters to Wartburg College. Every parent wants the best for their children. We want them to have a good education, genuine friends and experiences that will positively impact them for life. We hope they will surround themselves with good influences, and be kind, caring people. We want them to enjoy life and be successful at whatever they choose. Wartburg helped create all of these things.” 

— Janice Jacobs, Wartburg parent 


“On our Wartburg visit, we met with Dr. Daniel Black, the head of the engineering department, and we both thought, ‘wow, after 22 years of teaching, he still has incredible passion for his students and department.’ Jay is at Wartburg now, and his experience has been wonderful.” 

— Mike & Natalie Tegge, Wartburg parents