WAVERLY, IOWA (August 31, 2023) — Drawn by the college's rigorous academics, nationally-competitive athletics and world-renowned music programs, a growing number of students will call Wartburg College home beginning this fall.

At least 470 new students are expected to begin classes at Wartburg on September 6. This is the largest year-to-year percent increase in students since 2016.

"We are excited to welcome the Class of 2027 to Wartburg College. It is the result of great work by many different people on our campus," said Rick Willis, vice president for student recruitment. "Our admissions team did an outstanding job, but they were helped every step of the way by our faculty, coaches, and other staff who also make valuable connections with so many of our potential students."

The incoming class currently includes a thirty-percent increase in diverse students as well as 42 transfer students, the most since 2010. Willis said the college continues to recruit well in Iowa, with a twelve-percent increase in the number of students staying in state for college; however, more out-of-state students also are recognizing the value of the Wartburg experience.

"We have more than 150 new out-of-state students, both domestic and international, who are planning to attend Wartburg, which is a 33-percent increase over last year," he said. "While our commitment to Iowa students will never waver, we understand the importance of expanding the reach of Wartburg College by helping more students learn about and access the Wartburg experience."

Added President Rebecca Ehretsman, who is entering her second year at Wartburg: "It's a great time to be a new Knight. Our enrollment is growing. We've just introduced a new brand that doubles down on the experiential learning opportunities that are the hallmark of a Wartburg education. Our third cohort of graduate-level students has just started its studies in leadership, and we are looking at even more graduate-level opportunities for the future. I can't wait for the start of the academic year and all that lies ahead for the college."

Wartburg, a four-year liberal-arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls about 1,500 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge, disguised as a knight, during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into German.

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