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Wartburg College

Waverly, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

About Wartburg College

Wartburg College Overview

Wartburg College is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Waverly, Iowa. Wartburg College was founded in 1852 and the school presently has around 1,539 students a year, which includes 1,513 undergraduate students. Wartburg College offers housing for up to 1,409 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 70% of students spend their weekends on campus.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by September 1.

Student Involvement at Wartburg College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Wartburg College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Wartburg College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Wartburg College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Wartburg College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Wartburg College on the Student Life page.

2022 Wartburg College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%
Tuition $46,740
Percent of Need Met 82.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $33,263

Is Wartburg College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what Wartburg College offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Wartburg College

It is moderately difficult to get into Wartburg College. The university admitted 83% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 4,024 students applied to Wartburg College and 3,330 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wartburg College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 74% of students who start at Wartburg College return the next year. Wartburg Collegehas a six year graduation rate of 70 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Wartburg College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 63% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent Wartburg College grads is $43,457 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Wartburg College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Wartburg College's endowment was $77.5 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Wartburg College spends about $9,528 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wartburg College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Wartburg College meets 82.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Wartburg College full-time are awarded $33,263 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $38,444 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wartburg College.

Based on this information, does Wartburg College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Wartburg College a good school for you?

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Where is Wartburg College Located?

Wartburg College is located in the small town setting of Waverly, Iowa.

If you would like to see Wartburg College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 218/27 to Waverly, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Waterloo Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wartburg College and Waverly are like without leaving home.

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College Info

P.O. Box 1003 Waverly, IA 50677-0903

Campus Setting: Small Town

Wartburg College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wartburg College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wartburg College ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wartburg College is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Wartburg College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wartburg College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1205


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

463 - 598

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1205 and Above


960 to 1205


960 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wartburg College students is 1078. Applicants with SAT scores of 1205 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wartburg College, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1205 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wartburg College.

Wartburg College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wartburg College is like? There are approximately 1,539 students enrolled at Wartburg College, including 1,513 undergraduate students and 26 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from IA and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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