Wartburg College: Narrative Description

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100 Wartburg Blvd., PO Box 1003
Waverly, IA 50677-0903
Tel: (319)352-8200
Free: 800-772-2085
Admissions: (319)352-8264
Fax: (319)352-8279
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wartburg.edu/


Independent Lutheran, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1852. Setting: 118-acre small town campus. Endowment: $35 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8309 per student. Total enrollment: 1,804. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,821 applied, 84% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 43 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,725 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 79 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 36 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 2% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at members of the May Term Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, secondary school report. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $25,215 includes full-time tuition ($19,230), mandatory fees ($470), and college room and board ($5515). College room only: $2715. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $710 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $15 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 96 open to all. Most popular organizations: Entertainment To Knight, choir, Student Senate, campus ministry, band. Major annual events: Outfly, Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,471 college housing spaces available; 1,415 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Vogel Library with 186,089 books, 7,774 microform titles, 12,473 serials, 4,717 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $687,216. 275 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Waverly is a rural Iowa community (population 9,000), within 15 minutes of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area (population 120,000). A variety of cultural events are available. The community provides libraries, a museum, a hospital, churches, clinics, shopping facilities and a community symphony. Part-time employment opportunities are limited.

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