Common Learning Outcomes

Wartburg College is a learning community built upon an integrative curriculum, a rich variety of learning-focused co-curricular activities, and intentional opportunities for reflection and discussion. These outcome statements define the expectations of a Wartburg education and provide the benchmarks against which the college holds itself accountable.

1) Broad and Integrative Knowledge: Students will demonstrate breadth of knowledge and the ability to make connections across a range of disciplines.

2) Deep and Distinctive Knowledge: Students will demonstrate depth of knowledge and the ability to use and apply the distinctive methods and forms of inquiry within the disciplinary area of the academic major.

3) Collaboration: Students will work effectively in collaboration with others, being respectful and civil toward others.

4) Ethics and Engagement: Students will articulate the ways in which faith and ethics inform their decisions, actions, and engagement as community members.

5) Communication: Students will communicate effectively and appropriately in writing and speaking.

6) Cultural Competence: Students will demonstrate the ability to appropriately, respectfully, and effectively communicate and work with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.



Academic expectations were high and demanding.

The skills I learned at Wartburg have helped me continue to learn after college. 

I felt a strong sense of community among students on campus.

Students routinely spent a significant portion of their time studying and working on academic tasks.

I was challenged to make connections between ideas or concepts from different fields of study.

During my time at Wartburg I had one/more experiences that transformed the way I saw myself and the world.

I learned to work effectively with people whose culture and beliefs were very different from my own.

I experienced a good mentoring relationship with a member of the Wartburg community.

The Wartburg experience prepared you for the career or work in which you are currently engaged.

The Wartburg educational experience was good or excellent.

If you could start over again, would you enroll at Wartburg College to complete your degree?

* Data gathered from a 2020 alumni survey


Wartburg students do real work as interns and use what they've learned in the classroom to actively solve important issues. These experiences enrich their education while opening doors to opportunities after graduation.


Aiello Public Relations and Marketing
Bank Iowa
Cambridge Investment Research
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Circle Computer Resources
Connell Aviation Group
Cottingham & Butler
Dubuque Bank & Trust
E.R.I.C. Family Services, Inc.
ELYON International
Four Oaks/Iowa Kids Net

Harmony Music Therapy
Hormel Foods Corporation
IMA Financial Solutions
John Deere
Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
KGRN (Radio)
Kohler Co.
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Mercy Medical Center
Mudd Advertising
Nationwide Insurance
Pella Corporation
People’s Insurance
Relay for Life

Rockwell Collins
Senator Al Franken’s office
Texas Tech University
Toyota Financial Services
Tri-County Child and Family
United States Navy
Valent BioScience
Van Meter 
Veridian Credit Union
Verison Wireless
Vermeer Corporation
Vermont Center on Behavior and Health – University of Vermont
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Wells Fargo