Wittenberg University

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PO Box 720

Springfield, OH 45501

Phone: (937) 327-6231
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Wittenberg University is a private institution that was founded in 1845. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,881, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 114 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wittenberg University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 123. Its tuition and fees are $38,030 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Wittenberg University is a highly personal, active and engaged academic experience, where it's not about becoming a perfect student, but rather a fully realized person-full of confidence, free from contradiction and fully prepared to make an immediate impact in one's community and around the world. As a four-year liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1845, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and located in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg has developed students' individual gifts and talents in a supportive environment that provides an outstanding foundation for a successful career and meaningful life. With more than 900 courses that engage and inspire across more than 80 majors, minors and special programs, Wittenberg's award-winning professors push students' thinking beyond what is comfortable and into what is important.

Wittenberg's mission, goals and continuous commitment all serve the individual student on a personal path to understanding, achievement and purpose. Reflecting its Lutheran heritage, Wittenberg challenges students to become responsible global citizens, to discover their callings, and to lead personal, professional, and civic lives of creativity, service, compassion, and integrity. With more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and a Fulbright-rich faculty, Wittenberg is defined by uncompromised teaching. From every new student's first class, they are exposed to gifted scholar-teachers in small class settings. The work is designed to be challenging, but faculty members remain close, and the great majority of students develop a relationship with a professor as a mentor, or even a friend.

There are also no teaching assistants at Wittenberg, which offers an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The faculty culture attracts scholars and scientists who are highly committed to undergraduate teaching excellence. From collaborative research opportunities and service abroad, Wittenberg faculty and students understand that there is never just one point of view, one answer, one truth. They also know that the choices they make are best understood within a context that includes history, politics, culture, psychology, science, technology, economics and religion.

As a community of thinkers, leaders, athletes and, most importantly, doers, Wittenberg also offers one of the most energetic campuses in the country, complete with 23 varsity sports, a vibrant study abroad program, global service opportunities, and more than 120 student activities. Whatever the passion, whether it's comic books or sailing, cave exploration or physics, a group of like-minded students can be found at Wittenberg, which has an annual enrollment of 1,800 undergraduate students.

With the winningest record in NCAA Division III for football and basketball, Wittenberg's athletics program also ensures that although students will never be a number on campus, there is a strong chance they will wear one. Three quarters of students play intramural or club sports each year, and 35 percent play intercollegiate sports.

In addition, Wittenberg's motto, "Having Light We Pass It On To Others," daily inspires students. Whether it's traveling the globe for study, continuing on to graduate school or making an immediate impact in their communities after graduation, Wittenberg students leave their mark wherever they go. From the White House, ABC's Primetime and Dreamworks to the Peace Corps, two state Supreme Courts, the Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges, the U.S. Olympic
Committee and the Nobel Prize nominating committee, Wittenberg alumni are sought-after graduates who bring global understanding and a well-rounded approach to their work across all fields.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1845
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $90,878,672


When applying to Wittenberg University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. The application fee at Wittenberg University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 91.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 93.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 91.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wittenberg University is 11:1, and the school has 63.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wittenberg University include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 21%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Education 8%

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Student Life

Wittenberg University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,881, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 83 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus. Wittenberg University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,894
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Wittenberg University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Wittenberg University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wittenberg University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wittenberg University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $38,030 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,736 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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