Wartburg College is a Lutheran liberal arts institution in north west Iowa. Linked to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the college is named after Wartburg Castle, an 11th century structure in the central German state of Thuringia which Martin Luther sought refuge in during the Reformation. It enjoys a formal partnership with the castle, facilitating visits, exchanges and other opportunities.
A private institution founded in 1852 as a small teacher training college for German immigrants in Saginaw, Michigan, after moving several times in response to the transient Lutheran migrant population, the college has been based in Waverley, on the banks of the Cedar River, since 1935.
A large proportion of Watburg students live on campus, and over half take part in extra-curricular sport or music activities. Business, biology and elementary education are among Wartburg’s most popular courses.
Wartburg is located 115 miles north east of Des Moines, the state capital, and 60 miles south of the Minnesotan border. Its second campus in Denver, Colorado’s capital and largest city, facilitates summer internships for students on all programmes.
Paul Schell, the former Democratic mayor of Seattle, is a former Wartburg student.