|Religious affiliation||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|President||Darrel D. Colson|
|Location||Waverly, Iowa and
|Campus||rural, 118 acres (48 ha)|
|Colors||Orange & Black|
As of 2012, the most popular programs of study at Wartburg were (in order): business, biology, elementary education, and speech communication/rhetoric. Wartburg's social work program is the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in Iowa. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa offering a music therapy major. The college is highly competitive and has an 89 percent medical school placement rate and a 100 percent placement rate in other fields of medicine.
In 2007 U.S. News & World Report rated Wartburg College 6th for academic excellence among Midwestern comprehensive colleges which primarily award bachelor's degrees, and 2nd in terms of "bang for the buck" (i.e. best value when tuition costs, scholarship aid, and academics are compared).
Wartburg College was founded in 1875 in Saginaw, Michigan, by George w. Grossman, a native of Neuendettelsau, Bavaria. Grossmann was sent by Pastor Wilhelm Löhe to establish a teacher training school for German immigrants. The location of the college moved many times between Illinois and Iowa until permanently settling in Waverly in 1935. Also in 1935 St. Paul (Phalen) Luther College of Saint Paul, Minnesota merged into Wartburg College.
The college is named after Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, where Martin Luther was protected during the stormy days of the Reformation. Student and alumni groups often travel to the castle, and the Wartburg Choir has performed in the castle several times. Waverly and Eisenach are sister towns, and they often swap foreign exchange students. The college is proud of its German heritage, and celebrates an annual student-declared one-day holiday Outfly, a deliberately mistaken translation of the German noun Ausflug. Another German element of campus life is the granite inscription on the Chapel: "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott", which English-speaking Lutherans sing as A Mighty Fortress is Our God.
Campus buildings are named after places and people in Wartburg's history, including Grossmann, Luther, Saginaw, Galena, etc. The college is nearing the end of a long-term effort to unify the architectural appearance of the campus, with new music, library, stadium, cafeteria, and science buildings over the past 15 years. An array of skywalks and building corridors now allows students to walk from one end of campus to the other without having to go outside.
In 2008 the new Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, an indoor athletic complex co-sponsored by the city of Waverly, opened. The new center includes a performance arena, an indoor track, and natatorium. It replaces Knights Gymnasium, the longtime home of Wartburg Basketball and Volleyball, as well as the Physical Education Center which formerly adjoined the old gym.
The longstanding rivalry between Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and Wartburg College has produced colorful moments over several years. The origins of the rivalry are vague. Stories of pranks date back to the 1940s. The rivalry has, for the most part, been characterized by fun and good sportsmanship. The rivalry rose to new heights in October 1996, when two clever Wartburg cross-country runners rented a light plane, flew to Decorah, and dropped leaflets on the Luther campus. The incident was reported in every major newspaper in Iowa, got national mention on the Fox network and made Rolling Stone magazine's list of the most memorable college pranks of the 1996-1997 year. The creativity in the rivalry continued when student staff members of the college radio station, KWAR, secretly entered a float in the Luther College Homecoming Parade. The staff members decorated the float as an environmental club - the Organization of Nature Enthusiasts - from Luther College. In front of judges stand, the float quickly changed colors from blue and white to orange and black. The float continued all the way through town and onto Luther's campus, with numerous Wartburg students joining the procession from the crowd as the parade passed them.
Wartburg College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Knights are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.In the spring of 2012, Wartburg’s wrestling and Women’s track and field became the only school in NCAA history to win two national team championships on the same day.
Tuition and finances
The total cost of attendance at Wartburg is approximately $45,040 annually (2014–15). However, there are a number of scholarships available to exceptional prospective students.
- Regents Scholarships up to full tuition
- Presidential Scholarships up to full tuition
- McElroy Scholarship / Slife Scholarship up to full tuition
- Meistersinger Music Scholarship up to $5,000 per year
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $3,000 per year for two years
- Awarded to transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at a two-year institution. You must be accepted for admission and complete a scholarship application, have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed at least 30 semester hours of transfer credit by March 1.
- Veridian Credit Union Scholarship up to $2,250 per year
- Awarded to ethnic minority students from Des Moines public schools with a minimum ACT composite score of 19, rank in top half of graduating class and GPA of 3.0. Students who meet the criteria for the scholarship need to submit the scholarship application and complete an interview.
- International & Overseas American Student Scholarships amounts vary
- Awarded to international and overseas Americans based on merit.
- Tuition Exchange Program for Imports full tuition
- Dependents of employees at other higher education institutions may qualify for the tuition exchange program.
- Cedar Valley Science Symposium Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
- Offered each fall as a part of the Cedar Valley Science Symposium at Wartburg. For first-year students on the basis of participation in the Cedar Valley Science Symposium. Not based on financial need. Contact the college by the end of September for information.
- Communication Arts/Studies Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
- Offered each year as a part of the Wartburg/IBA Summer Workshop and SCJ Media Day. For first-year students declaring a communication arts or studies major and demonstrate communication proficiency.
- Americorps Matching Grant (PDF)
- Matches up to 50 percent of the AmeriCorps Education Award for students who meet selection criteria.
- Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC) up to $750 per year
- For members of participating congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A matching funds program between the congregation and the college. Not based on financial need. Wartburg matches up to $750 per academic year.
- National Merit Finalist Scholarship $2,000 per year
- Awarded to first-year students who list Wartburg as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation and are selected as finalists.
- Dr. Tony Frank Ph.D. — President, Colorado State University
- Raymond McCaskey, former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (15 years). Booster to the college (McCaskey Lyceum).
- Missy Buttry, class of 2005, only runner in any division, male or female, to win three consecutive NCAA Cross Country championships.
- Sarah Corpstein, class of 2005, Miss Iowa USA 2006.
- Mark Holtz, class of 1971, voice of the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
- Kathryn Koob, class of 1960, one of the 52 Americans held hostage in the US Embassy in Iran from November 1979 until January 1981. Koob accepted a post as a guest instructor in Oral Communication and has taught a course entitled Reconciliation at Wartburg.
- Coleen Rowley, class of 1977, whistleblower FBI agent, researched suspected World Trade Center terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, joint 2002 TIME "Person of the Year", candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 2nd District in 2006.
- Debra Scheller, class of 1978, Miss Iowa 1977 .
- Simon Estes Professor of Music
- Don Denkinger, Major League Baseball umpire who achieved fame for his call at 1st base as an umpire in the 1985 World Series
- Dennis Johnson, Dunedin, Florida, class of 1974, restaurant co-owner/founder of Hooters Restaurant chain
- Delbert H. Meyer, discovered process for creating purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a key building block in the production of polyester; recipient of the National Medal of Technology (1992).
- Tom Zirbel, professional bicycle racer and 2009 USA Cycling NRC points champion who signed to Union Cycliste Internationale professional team, Garmin-Transitions for the 2010 season.
- Paul Schell, former Mayor of Seattle, Washington
- Brian Trow, businessman and television personality
- George J. Woerth, Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Sharon Corrigan, is currently the National Sales Operations Manager for Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. In September 2010, She was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
Presidents of Wartburg
- Georg M. Grossman 1852-1868
- John Klindworth 1868-1875
- Georg Grossmann 1878-1894
- Friedrich Lutz 1894-1905
- Gerhard Bergstraesser 1905-1909
- Friedrich Richter 1894-1899 (Clinton IA)
- Otto Kraushaar 1899-1907 (Clinton IA)
- John Fritschel 1907-1919 (Clinton IA)
- Otto Proehl 1919-1935 (Clinton IA)
- August Engelbrecht 1909-1933
- Edward J. Braulick 1935-1945
- Conrad Becker 1945-1964
- John Bachman 1964-1974
- William Jellema 1974-1980
- Robert L. Vogel 1980-1998
- Jack R. Ohle 1998-2008
- William Hamm 2008-2009 (Interim)
- Darrel Colson 2009–Present
Wartburg College has moved many times throughout its history:
- Saginaw, Michigan 1852-1853
- Dubuque, Iowa 1853-1857
- St. Sebald, Iowa 1857-1868
- Galena, Illinois 1868-1875
- Mendota, Illinois 1875-1885
- Clinton, Iowa 1894-1935
- Waverly, Iowa 1879-1933 and 1935–Present
- U.S. News & World Report, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/wartburg-college-1896. Accessed December 4, 2013
- "The Official Home of Outfly". Info.wartburg.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
- D3football.com - Midwest Region Notes by Don Stoner
- Wartburg College, Locations
- Official Website
- Official Sports Website
- The Circuit (Converged Student Media Website)
- Wartburg Trumpet (Student Newspaper)
- KWAR-FM Radio (Wartburg's on-campus radio station)
- Vogel Library Website