Location
Waverly, IA
Undergrads
1,673
Tuition
$32,740
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 415 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Almost everyone on campus is very polite and personable. Everyone looks fine and dress like normal people. A large number of people that go to Wartburg find their future husband/wife on campus, so the people here are pretty awesome.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not a big partier, but from what I hear from other people is that the bars in Waverly are pretty fun. However, most shindigs take place in the dorms, and they're usually pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are strict enough. Not too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do in town. it is boring.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: small town is hard to adjust to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The heating systems are terrible!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not enough activities for internationals.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: It is not upbeat or lively enough.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The support system is great!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off campus housing.

College Sophomore

Majors: I will be starting my major this fall term.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Not too hard to get into the visual arts program

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are not enough options to choose from

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are obviously flaws with every school out there, but I'm proud of the choice I made when I decided to go to Wartburg. I've made friends I'll keep for a lifetime and experiences I'll never forget. Just this year I studied abroad for a month in England. It was an amazing experience and though it did break the bank for my family, Wartburg has offered more financial aid for upcoming years to balance it out. If I could do it all over again, I would still choose Wartburg. I have family who graduated from Wartburg and it's such a close-knit campus. I love it and tell all my high school friends to at least consider attending college with me.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Most of the students have grown up in the Midwest and are used to the ever-changing weather. In the winter though, it tends to get very icy and no matter how cold it is, classes will always go on, even if neighboring schools cancel classes. The fall and spring weather is easy to deal with, as it doesn't usually rain enough to bother anyone. The freshman parking lot has flooded before, but security warned everyone parked near the creek to move their car to higher ground before it started raining.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off-campus dining options are used when students have family or friends visiting. Sometimes students choose to go out, but on-campus dining is more convenient. There are a couple Chinese restaurants, quite a few fast food restaurants, and a few pricier options, but that's about it. Waverly is a small town so we settle with the options we have or we drive half an hour to Waterloo for more choices. None of the restaurants in town offer student discounts so they tend to be a bit more expensive than most of us would like.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug use on campus is really cracked down on and easily taken down. With such small dorm buildings, security can usually track the smell to a particular room and take the necessary actions from there. Alcohol is a different story. Numerous students drink regularly, some of whom are underage. The bars in town require ID but some students manage to bypass this rule and find friends to buy for them or sneak in and buy for themselves. Peer pressure surprisingly isn't much of an issue, as I've refused drinks before and only been mildly patronized by my closer friends.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have quite a few international students and students from outside of Iowa, but the international students tend to stay together and don't interact much with the non-international students. The school doesn't have a whole lot of diversity, but the acceptance is still exceptional. We have a few different organizations against discrimination, like the gay/straight alliance. A friend of mine tried to start a Republican Students club to work with the Democratic Students club, but the lack of conservative professors made it almost impossible for him to find an adviser for the club. Political beliefs tend to lean to the left and most students are Lutheran or Catholic, but we're all relatively personable and don't discriminate if someone has different beliefs or views than us.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Wartburg specializes in the sciences, especially biology. It is a liberal arts college though, so I still have the option of studying writing. The English program is pretty small and the writing classes are split between a few different professors instead of having one designated writing professor. I feel the humanities department doesn't receive the attention it deserves because more students are studying biology and chemistry. The facilities are still pretty nice and the internship opportunities seem to be accessible, but I don't feel confident saying I'm a writing major in a school focused on the sciences.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but there are two newspapers in town that I know some friends have had internships with. Waterloo and Cedar Falls are within half an hour from campus and both towns hold more internship opportunities for English students who can't find internships in Waverly. As a student also studying film, it's more difficult to find an internship in that area, considering Waverly isn't a very big town and doesn't have a city TV station or film studio nearby.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: From what I've noticed the past couple of years, Wartburg hasn't shown any safety concerns other than the occasional rowdiness between freshman boys. The campus is small enough that I feel comfortable walking from one end of campus to the other on my own. The only issue I've noticed is some students taking drinking a little too far but as a student who doesn't go out too often, I feel more concerned for my party-ready friends than myself.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school isn't excessively strict about anything they shouldn't be strict about. Drinking and drug use are cracked down on, but it's still possible for some students to stay under the radar. Visitors of the opposite gender aren't allowed to stay in the room between two and seven in the morning, but the RAs and RHDs don't knock down doors looking for violations. It's more of a trust relationship between the school and the students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorm buildings are evidently better than others, so the rooms is said buildings tend to go faster during the lottery than others. The rooms are generally pretty nice in all the buildings, some are just newer and have air conditioning and heating. The RAs have weekly or monthly floor meetings so everyone on the floor can get to know each other. The cost is a bit high, but it tends to drop with scholarships and the RAs don't have to pay for room and board. All the dorms are within a quarter mile from classes and about half of a mile from all the school parking lots.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a few off-campus residencies and from what I've seen and heard, they're pretty nice and within decent distance from campus. It's not rare for students to live off-campus, but I know more people who choose to stay on-campus their junior and senior years. Unless your parents or family live in town, freshman aren't allowed to live off-campus so it's mostly upperclassmen who take advantage of this opportunity. Waverly is a small town so safety isn't much of an issue and the people I know haven't had any issues with their landlords.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Wartburg doesn't have any Greek life fraternities or sororities available for students to join.

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