Wartburg College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Wartburg College

Wartburg College is a private liberal arts college associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. The college has a 98% job and graduate school placement rate. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Wartburg Knights play in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The college fields ten men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,498 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male/53% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,930
  • Books: $1,100
  • Room and Board: $9,280
  • Other Expenses: $1,300
  • Total Cost: $55,610

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,405
    • Loans: $6,876

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business/Commerce, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Engineering Science; and Mass Communication/Media Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Wartburg College Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 76%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/570
    • SAT Math: 510/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: 19/25
    • ACT Math: 19/26
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Wartburg College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Wartburg College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Wartburg College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Wartburg College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Wartburg College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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