Lutheran Colleges in the Midwest

Jul 07, 2020

The Midwest is a group of states located in the middle of the country, more north than south. Within these 12 states, there are several Lutheran college options. We'll look at some of the spiritual clubs and program majors at these schools.

School Comparison

In the following table, we'll look at a sampling of Lutheran schools from across the Midwest and discover the typical cost of tuition for a year. We'll also compare the student population at these colleges for 2018.

School Name Institution Type Student Population (2018)* Location Undergraduate Tuition (2019-2020)*
Wittenberg University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,801 Springfield, OH $40,280
Valparaiso University 4-year, private not-for-profit 3,786 Valparaiso, IN $41,820
Augustana University 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,133 Sioux Falls, SD $33,960
Carthage College 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,872 Kenosha, WI $45,100
Grand View University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,886 Des Moines, IA $30,508

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Midwest Lutheran Colleges

Along with religious participation, students at the following schools can learn about diversity and tolerance. A wide range of study programs offer degrees at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University, located in Ohio, offers 35 undergraduate majors. Along with graduate studies, there are co-op opportunities with colleges around the country to complete longer programs, such as the 3-2 engineering program with Case Western University and Columbia University, the 3-2 occupational therapy program with Washington University, and the forestry and environmental studies program with Duke University. At the Weaver Chapel and around campus, worship activities are used to bring students together and to celebrate the Word. Students can meet for services, parties, retreats, lectures and other gatherings. Wittenberg has 11 men's and 12 women's sports teams, including water polo, volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and softball.

Valparaiso University

At Valparaiso University's undergraduate level, there are 68 programs that can be studied, including astronomy, meteorology, actuarial science, Chinese and Japanese studies, criminology, and Hebrew. Along with daily chapel services and candlelight services every Sunday, students can be a part of the Celebrate! music worship or take a specific role in a church service, such as helping to bake the Communion bread, setting up the altar, or carrying sacraments. Students can also join the service-based Social Action Leadership Team (SALT). SALTers choose a charity to raise money for each year.

Augustana University

In 2018, Augustana University has been given the distinction of the third best regional college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The same organization also named this university the third best value school in the Midwest. Services are held on campus every weekday, and Augustana has partnered with local churches to provide outreach opportunities. These churches take groups of students and coordinate ways in which they can minister and help areas of the community. Students can also take part around the community with prison ministries, the Guatemalan gift sale, and even trips around the country during school breaks to do service. Augustana is more than just service, and there are 58 program majors from which to select.

Carthage College

With more than 50 majors from which to choose, the programs at Carthage College tend to focus on writing, hands-on research and interdisciplinary study. This school has plenty of athletic opportunities, as well, with 24 teams, should you want to get involved. Students can also choose among the 120 clubs and organizations on campus, including social groups, honorary organizations, performance groups, professional organizations, media clubs, and general interest clubs. Of course, spiritual clubs are prevalent on campus, as well. Better Together is an interfaith club that promotes diversity and tolerance, while Cumbya holds lock-ins at churches for local teens to promote the values and Word of Christ. In fact, though a Lutheran college, Carthage encourages other faiths and their traditions by opening its doors to students of all faiths and providing clubs for those faiths. Students are encouraged to worship together through activities and service.

Grand View University

As the 39th best regional college in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report in 2018, Grand View University also tied for fifth best for veterans in the Midwest. Though there are 40 majors for students to choose from, students have the opportunity to study abroad for an immersive education. The most popular program majors on campus are business administration, nursing, and education. All traditional, full-time students are required to live on campus for at least three years. This helps students to transition from high school to college life, as well as adapt to living away from parents for the first time. Living on campus also brings students more chances to get involved with campus ministry, small Bible study groups, prayer groups, outreach services, and musical worship.

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