Wartburg College is a highly regarded Lutheran liberal arts college located in the small town of Waverly, Iowa. The school emphasizes the importance of faith and leadership and constantly challenges their students to excel in their private and professional lives through the skills and lessons they learn during their time at Wartburg.
Wartburg College originated in 1852 when Georg M. Grossman founded it in Saginow, Michigan. At that time it was a training school for German immigrants, but as the years progressed it turned into a traditional college. Wartburg College is named for the Wartburg Castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge during the Reformation.
German tradition has always been very important on the Wartburg campus. Buildings are named after important German figures such as Grossman and Luther. In the Wartburg Chapel “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” can be found inscribed in stone; translated to English the words mean, “A mighty fortress is our God.”
Living on campus is mandatory for the four years students are at a school. With eight different resident halls to choose from (such as a learning hall, service hall, and numerous fraternity and sororities) students have a range of options available to them. Although there is no designated housing for married students, the campus works with couples to find them an apartment in the town of Waverly.
From academic clubs such as the History Club to playing saxophone with the Ninth Street Jazz Band, students can take part in Wartburg culture through the various clubs and organizations on campus. If students would like to participate in sports, they can try out for numerous Division III athletic teams such as tennis, soccer and cross country.
The total cost of Wartburg College is just over $41,000 a year.With an average debt upon graduation of around $28,000, Wartburg College works with students to offer them merit-based scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance their education. They even go so far as to offer a payment plan for tuition and fees, in which students pay monthly installments.
Wartburg College is adamant in supporting a socially, culturally, and economically diverse student body, and firmly believes that taking classes, interacting, and bonding with students of all walks of life will make students better prepared for society.