#11 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

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Wartburg College overview
Location Waverly, Iowa
Online wartburg.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wartburg College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Wartburg College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located in Waverly, Iowa. Established in 1852, the college sits on a 118-acre campus distinguished by its blend of Gothic and contemporary architectural styles. Wartburg offers more than 50 academic majors with notable programs in music, science, and business. This residential college maintains a range of housing options for students, including traditional dormitories, suite-style living, and apartment-style accommodations. Wartburg's setting in the northeast Iowa town of Waverly provides a small-town atmosphere, while being within close proximity to the Cedar Falls-Waterloo metropolitan area. The college operates on a selective admissions policy. While not widely recognized for its athletic programs, Wartburg participates in NCAA Division III as a member of the American Rivers Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 2,779 prospective students applied, and 2,708 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 351 enrolled in the school.  1,386 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 58 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $46,740 plus fees of $2,450. Wartburg College is ranked 654 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Wartburg College is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Wartburg College overview
SAT 970/1120
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wartburg College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$2,450
Room and Board $10,280
Budget for Other Expenses$1,300
Total One Year Cost$61,870

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wartburg College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Education 15%
Biology 15%
Communication 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5%

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Last updated February 24, 2024