• Average class size: 18
  • Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Full-time faculty: 93
  • Ranked faculty with highest degree in discipline: 96%
  • Endowed faculty positions: 2 distinguished chairs, 11 endowed chairs, 1 distinguished professorships, 4 endowed professorships.

1 – Business Administration
2 – Biology
3 – Engineering Science
4 – Journalism and Communication
5 – Elementary Education

2018-19 Enrollment

Enrollment: 1498 students

Geographical representation: 35 U.S. states and 53 countries (not including the USA)

Diversity: 199 U.S. students of color and 115 international students comprise 21% of total enrollment

Students receiving financial aid: More than 90%

Average ACT score for first-year students: 23

More than 20 Christian denominations and several world religions represented

Average high school grade point average: 3.55

First-year students in top 10% of high school class: 22%

Ratio of men to women: 47% to 53%

Overall retention rate: 86%

Students involved in music: Approximately 450

Students involved in athletics: More than 600


Wartburg has outstanding facilities for all of our programs.
The most recent addition to our modern campus was the
$31 million Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center.



CLASS OF 2017:

Graduated in four years or less - 93%
Earned honors (3.5 - 4.0) - 40%
Studied abroad - 40%
Completed an academic internship - 30%

Graduate Placement in Health Sciences

(Classes of 2005-2014 placement data)

  • Medicine-104 of 118 applicants (88% – more than twice the national average); accepted into M.D. program at Iowa, Creighton, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, N. Dakota, Penn State, St. Louis, Wisconsin-Madison, American U. of the Caribbean, Charles U. in Prague, U College Cork (Ireland); and into D.O. programs at DMU, A.T. Still, Kansas City, Lake Erie, Midwestern, Rocky Vista (Colorado). 
  • Dentistry-25 of 30 (83%); accepted into Iowa, Case Western Reserve, and Minnesota
  • Optometry-19 of 20 (95%); accepted into Illinois, Indiana, Missouri (St Louis), Nova Southeastern, Southern (Memphis)
  • Veterinary Medicine-14 of 15 (93%); accepted into Iowa State and Colorado State
  • Physical Therapy-49 of 56 (87.5%); accepted into DMU, Iowa, A.T. Still (Arizona), Clarke, Creighton, Emory, Rosalind Franklin, St. Ambrose, Utah
  • Occupational Therapy-12 of 13 (92%); accepted into St. Ambrose, St Mary (Minnesota), Concordia (Wisconsin), Creighton, Grand Valley State (Michigan), Milligan, Rockhurst, St. Catherine, Washington U, Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pharmacy-17 of 17 (100%); accepted into Iowa, Illinois, Midwestern, Minnesota, Nova Southeastern, Wisconsin-Madison
  • Physician Assistant-13 of 16 (81%); accepted into DMU, Iowa, Marquette, Union (Nebraska)
  • Nursing-63 of 63 (100%); Allen College (45 into accelerated BSN, most after 3 years at Wartburg), Clarke, Creighton, DePaul U, Grandview, Iowa, Mercy College (Des Moines), S Dakota State, U Sioux Falls, Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Medical/Clinical Laboratory Science-9 of 9 (100%); accepted into Allen College, Mayo, Mercy College (Des Moines), St. Luke’s (Cedar Rapids), University of Iowa
  • Chiropractic Medicine-19 of 19 (100%); accepted into Palmer, Life, Logan, and Northwestern
Medical Placement Rate - 88%
Dentistry - 83%
Optometry - 95%
Veterinary Medicine - 93%
Physical Therapy - 87.5%
Occupational Therapy - 92%
Pharmacy - 100%
Physician Assistant - 81%
Nursing - 100%
Medical/Clinical Laboratory Science - 100%
Chiropractic Medicine - 100%

Graduate School – Sciences

  • Graduate study in biological programs (approximately 50 in last 10 years): Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, DMU, Creighton, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Lincoln (Missouri), Midwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska-Omaha, N. Carolina State, Northwestern, Rosalind Franklin, St Scholastica, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, Wisconsin-Madison, Edinburgh-Scotland
  • Graduate study in public health (approximately 12 in last 10 years): Iowa, Boston U, Loma Linda, Nebraska, Nova, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Washington University

Biology Secondary Education-26 of 27 (96%) applicants employed in full-time teaching positions their first year after graduation


  • Endowment value: $73.9 million (as of June 1, 2017)
  • 4-4-1 Calendar: Fall Term (4 courses), Winter Term (4 courses), May Term (1 course)
  • Wartburg’s social work program is the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in Iowa.
  • Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa offering a major in music therapy.
  • The Urban Studies Programs in Denver, Colo. (Wartburg West), and Des Moines provide opportunities for internships and experiential learning in an urban setting
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