WORTH IT.


Students at Wartburg College take a journey of discovery, embrace their passions, and unlock their potential to realize their purpose.

WHY WORTH IT?

We have had many questions about why Wartburg is using the slogan “Worth It” rather than “Be Orange.” The college recognizes the significance of the “Be Orange” tagline in capturing the spirit of the campus and its students, and it will always be used as a rally cry by Wartburg alumni. However, in this highly competitive recruitment environment, we found the slogan was getting less and less traction with prospective students and their families. As a result, the college conducted a 1.5-year research study about messaging that resonates with this audience, which ultimately led to the creation of the “Worth It” initiative. The new slogan allows each person to tell their unique story about Wartburg and how that experience was “worth it.” If you enjoyed sharing what “be orange” means, then you are already explaining why Wartburg was worth it to you.

What does BE ORANGE mean to you?

A supportive campus community…
Faculty and staff who care about you…
Invested alumni…
Faculty/staff mentors…

Nationally competitive athletics…
Renowned music ensembles…
Study abroad experiences…
Wartburg West internships…

Dance Marathon…
Diversity and inclusion groups…
Service trips around the country…
Outstanding placement rates…

The answer to this question is different for everyone, but…

Those are the reasons WARTBURG IS WORTH IT.

Q: Is “Worth It” all about money?

A: Absolutely not, but the value of a Wartburg education can include affordability. A Wartburg education is still within reach for most students, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Click here to view the generous scholarships available to students >>

Q: Is a liberal arts degree still valuable in the work force?

A: Yes! In today’s ever-changing job market, a liberal arts education is valued! A broad knowledge base and the ability to view the world from multiple viewpoints aren’t nurtured at all colleges. Take a look at these resources to explain how a liberal arts education is still important.
–  Wartburg Evidence of Learning
–  Forbes: A Liberal Arts Degree is More Important Than Ever 
–  The Power of the Liberal Arts

Q: Are Wartburg students finding jobs?

A: Yes! Our job placement rate has never been higher. It currently stands at 99% within six months of graduation. Wartburg’s job placement rate has been recognized as #1 in Iowa and #5 in the nation.

Q: The sticker price at Wartburg seems so high compared to state universities and some other colleges… how could students today afford that?

A: 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. Click here to learn more about the actual cost and value of a Wartburg education >>

Q: Has the net price to attend Wartburg gone up at the same rate as the sticker price?

A: No. Due to the wonderful support of our alumni and other donors, the net price that students actually pay has increased at a slower pace than the sticker price. See the trend lines in the graphic below.

Average Net Price

Q: Why do I see you compare four years at Wartburg to five or six years at a state university?

A: 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. Click here to see cost comparisons >> 

YOU HAVE A UNIQUE STORY THAT IS “WORTH IT”

All members of the Wartburg community have a unique Wartburg story to share about why their experience was “worth it” to them. Perhaps it was being part of a championship athletic team, participating in a service trip, or traveling abroad with a music ensemble. Whatever your story, it is worth sharing with others. Read some stories by other alumni and current students. Share YOUR story on social media with your friends and with the college.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WartburgWorthIt!

STUDENT STORIES

ALUMNI STORIES

Share your Wartburg story using #WartburgWorthIt.