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Wartburg College

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

Wartburg College Admissions

Reach out to Wartburg College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Students who submit their applications to Wartburg College for fall semester should hear back from Wartburg College by September 1.

Wartburg College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Wartburg College's admissions stats.

Wartburg College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Mean SAT Score 1078
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 49%
Waitlist Yes

Wartburg College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wartburg College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes –– ––

Considering Applying Early to Wartburg College?

Wartburg College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Wartburg College directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Wartburg College Admissions

Is Wartburg College Challenging To Get Into?

Wartburg College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Wartburg College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Wartburg College accepted 83% of all applicants, approximately 3,330 from 4,024 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Wartburg College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Wartburg College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Wartburg College

Wartburg College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Wartburg College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Wartburg College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Wartburg College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Interview Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Wartburg College for more information on admission factors.

Wartburg College Application Requirements

To apply to Wartburg College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Wartburg College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements secondary school report
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wartburg College?

Students admitted to Wartburg College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At Wartburg College 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 78% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Wartburg College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 6.05%
3.75 and 3.99 25.69%
3.50 and 3.74 20.65%
3.25 and 3.49 23.93%
3.00 and 3.24 11.59%
2.50 and 2.9 9.82%
2.00 and 2.49 2.02%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Wartburg College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Wartburg College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Wartburg College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8% of Wartburg College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 49% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wartburg College?

To be competitive with other Wartburg College applicants, you should aim to earn between 960 and 1205 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wartburg College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1205 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wartburg College student is 1078.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wartburg College students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 463 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wartburg College students scored 598 or higher, and 75% scored a 463 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Wartburg College?

To be most competitive at Wartburg College, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wartburg College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wartburg College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Wartburg College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Wartburg College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Wartburg College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Wartburg College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wartburg College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Wartburg College.

Does Wartburg College accept transfer credits?

✅ Wartburg College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Wartburg College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Wartburg College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Wartburg College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wartburg College?

❌ No, Wartburg College is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Wartburg College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Wartburg College is 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wartburg College?

🟨 Wartburg College may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Wartburg College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Wartburg College? Wartburg College is a somewhat selective institution. The Wartburg College acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Wartburg College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.48. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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