A private four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Wartburg College has two locations in Waverly, Iowa and Denver, Colorado. The college was founded in 1852 and currently has around 1,700 students, with about 30 U.S. states and 60 countries represented.
Wartburg College has always been considered as among the best in its class of college institutions. U.S. News and World Report ranked the college among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, and number 7 nationally in graduation rates for low-income students. The Princeton Review, meanwhile, considers Wartburg as one of the best colleges in the Midwest, while Peterson's Top Colleges for Science ranked the college among the top 200 schools in science and mathematics programs.
There are more than 50 academic majors in various areas of study offered at Wartburg College. Programs are offered in Accounting, Art Education, Biochemistry, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Economics, Engineering Science, Fitness Management, Graphic Design, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Music, Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science, Religion, Speech Communication, Writing, and many more.
Interdisciplinary Minors are also offered in Environmental Studies, Intercultural Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Worship Studies, and Women's Studies. The college also has Interdisciplinary Programs in Community Engagement, Leadership Education, Scholars Program, Study Abroad, Plan of Essential Education, and Undergraduate Research.
Full-time students of Wartburg College are required to live on campus. The residence halls at Wartburg College are modern and equipped with amenities and conveniences, such as laundry facilities, vending machines, kitchens, lounges, recreation rooms, and more. Rooms are furnished and also have cable TV and Internet access.
While Wartburg College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, all religious traditions are welcomed on campus. On-campus worship opportunities include the Weekday Chapel, led by senior students; Eucharist, held Wednesday evenings; and Sunday Morning Worship, featuring campus pastors, Wartburg College choirs, and music ensembles. Numerous small groups and Bible study groups also meet on campus.
The Fine Arts Center at Wartburg's Iowa campus is home to the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery. This newly renovated facility regularly features exhibitions from local, national, and international artists.
Meanwhile, various productions and performances are regularly scheduled at the Neumann Auditorium. The Artist Series features popular music artists and performers, Broadway productions, and other popular and notable entertainment shows.
Music lovers will find numerous opportunities to enhance their music skills at Wartburg College. No matter what your major is, you can still try out for a music ensemble or even get a music scholarship. Instrumental ensembles on campus include the Wartburg Community Symphony, Ninth Street Jazz Band, Handbell Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Wartburg String Quartet, and others. Vocal ensembles, meanwhile, include the Kantorei, Gospel Choir, Castle Singers (vocal jazz), Wartburg Choir (a capella), and more.
Aside from the music groups and organizations at Wartburg College, there are other groups for students with other interests to participate in. These include academic organizations (La Mesa Espanola, Wartburg Association of Student Educators, Phi Beta Lambda), honor societies (Alpha Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Pi Eta), performing arts (Hope Overflow, Wartburg Players), service and interest (Alliance, African Congress, Habitat for Humanity), and many more.