WHY CHOOSE WARTBURG

College is about more than just a degree.
It is an investment in your future.
The liberal arts education you will receive at Wartburg allows you to not only gain the skills required from your chosen field of study, but also the critical thinking skills required to explore the ethics of decision-making and community engagement, effective communication, cultural competence, and collaboration. 

The Wartburg educational experience will let you:

Snorkeling

Take a journey of discovery.
Spend a May Term or summer at Wartburg West in Denver, Colorado. Volunteer for a service trip to an inner city or a rural area struck by natural disaster. Study abroad. Join a club or two. Or three, if it fits you. 

Teaching

Embrace your passions. 
Our professors are not only experts in their fields, they have other enriching interests: brewing beer, organic farming, and foster parenting, to name a few. They live what they love and want to help students lead similarly rich lives.

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Unlock your potential. 
This transformation starts with a tight-knit community that helps each person develop self-worth. Wartburg faculty and staff are ready to mentor you. They get to know you and cheer you on. With their support, you discover your potential and find the opportunities to unlock it.

Special Olympics

Realize your purpose. 
Serve your community as a doctor. Serve as an innovator in your field. Serve the world as an advocate for those without hope. Wherever you are headed, Wartburg will be with you to help you realize your purpose.

A Wartburg education is WORTH IT. And so are YOU!

Wartburg students experience:

Direct Interaction with professors.  Small colleges have many big advantages.  The biggest advantage is personal access to your professors.  You will meet your professors in small classes and in on-campus activities.  Plus, your faculty advisor is a Wartburg professor.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 18

A tighter networking community.  Wartburg College graduates have a stronger network of friends.  It’s all about connections.  Networking always works better when you really know the people in your network.

22,000 ALUMNI IN
50 STATES & 70 COUNTRIES

Leadership and service.  Employers value well-rounded graduates.  The Wartburg leadership program indicates to potential employers that you will be a leader at work and in your community.

99% GRADUATE PLACEMENT RATE

International 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 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."

Wartburg was ranked 16th in the nation for short-term study abroad in the 2014 Open Doors Report, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Winner of NetImpact’s 2012 “Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge,” a national competition among universities and colleges rewarding social and environmental actions.

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.

Included in Money Magazine's "best colleges" ranking.

Included in The Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Colleges."

COST COMPARISON

What is the difference between sticker price and net price?
Sticker price is the total yearly cost of a college education, but net price is what you actually pay after scholarships and grants are factored in. Private colleges typically start with a higher sticker price but are also more generous with financial aid dollars than lower-priced public colleges. Some students pay less than the average net price, and some pay more, but all Wartburg students receive an incredible, high-quality education at a workable cost.

Tuition and Fees (Sticker Price) Comparison

Carleton College - $49,263
Grinnell College - $46,990
St. Olaf College - $42,940
Knox College - $41,847
Gustavus College - $41,620
Luther College - $39,190
Coe College - $39,020
Cornell College - $38,700
Augustana College (Ill.) - $38,466
Wartburg College - $37,190
Simpson College - $34,175
Central College - $33,345

Net Price Comparison

Carleton College - $31,568
Grinnell College - $28,869
Cornell College - $26,427
St. Olaf College - $26,183
Luther College - $25,112
Wartburg College - $23,605
Gustavus College - $23,552
Knox College - $22,971
Augustana College (Ill.) - $22,715
Simpson College - $22,474
Central College - $22,164
Coe College - $21,270

Latest information available from College Navigator – 2015-16

GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS

What is a Graduation Rate?
This can be a very confusing concept. Basically, this is the percentage of students who actually complete a degree at the institution. Most reports online will show a 6-year graduation rate, which is the percentage of full-time students who have received their bachelor’s degree within six years from start to finish at the same institution. At many universities a five-year graduation rate has become the norm. This is NOT true at Wartburg College. 

Why compare five years at state schools to four years at Wartburg?
The reality for many students is it will take five years or more to earn a degree at a state university, according to national statistics. At Wartburg, 92 percent of our graduates complete their degree in four years. The average starting salary for a Wartburg graduate, according to the College Scorecard, is $43,000. 

State University - $130,368*
Wartburg College - $94,420**

That’s $35,948 in REAL VALUE!

* Calculated based on the average cost of attendance for ISU, UNI, and Iowa ($17,474 per year) for five years ($87,368) plus $43,000 in missed income, which is the average starting salary for Wartburg graduates.

** Calculated based on the average net price at Wartburg ($23,605) for four years.

How does Wartburg compare with the Iowa regent universities?

INSTITUTION
4 YR RATE
6 YR RATE
Wartburg College
66%
70%
University of Iowa
51%
72%
University of Northern Iowa
38%
68%
Iowa State University
41%
71%

 

How does Wartburg compare with other Iowa private colleges?

INSTITUTION
4 YR RATE
6 YR RATE
Luther College
69%
77%
Wartburg College
66%
70%
Simpson College
62%
68%
Coe College
60%
67%
Central College
60%
67%
Loras College
57%
70%
Buena Vista University
43%
51%

Information based on latest information available – 2009 cohort