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Divine Word College

Divine Word College is a Roman Catholic College Seminary where about 100 men pursue a vocation as a priest or brother in the Roman Catholic church. Divine Word is located in the small town of Epworth, IA and offers degrees in philosophy and cross-cultural studies.

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Divine Word College is a Roman Catholic College Seminary where about 100 men pursue a vocation as a priest or brother in the Roman Catholic church. Divine Word is located in the small town of Epworth, IA and offers degrees in philosophy and cross-cultural studies.

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There are hundreds of Catholic colleges in the United States. A few of these colleges are seminaries; but only one in the entire country is dedicated to preparing young men for missionary service--Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa.

Divine Word College is an undergraduate Roman Catholic seminary whose primary mission is the education of young men who are seriously considering vocations as missionary priests and brothers in the Society of the Divine Word. Saint Arnold Janssen founded this religious society in 1875 in Holland as a foreign missionary society whose members work "first and foremost where the Gospel has not yet been preached at all or only insufficiently, and where the local Church is not yet viable on its own." (SVD Constitutions). Presently more than 6000 Divine Word Missionaries seek to live Saint Arnold's original inspiration in 70 countries.

Divine Word College, located in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, is a short drive west of the city of Dubuque, Iowa. The College traces its roots back to 1931. The present campus and facilities have welcomed students since 1964.

An education at Divine Word College, both in and out of the classroom, prepares students for their futures as missionary priests and brothers. Students integrate traditional classroom study and other life experiences gained through activities like apostolic ministry. Divine Word College provides an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for those students who require it for success in their degree programs.

Divine Word College educates missionaries who see themselves belonging to a fraternal community that Christ has called together from many different nations and cultures. In community Divine Word Missionaries share the Word of God; at the frontiers of the faith, they witness to their experience of the Word's life-giving power.

We have reached out across the United States and beyond to invite young men who are willing to consider a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, men who want to serve wherever they will be needed most--men who want to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of service as a missionary priest or brother. During the past year nearly 50 young men from 11 countries responded to our invitation.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 90
Gender 64% Male / 36% Female
Geography 55% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 27% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 1%
International 55%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 36%

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Choral Groups
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center
  • Counseling Services: career counseling health services personal counseling
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major dual enrollment of high school students independent study english as a second language (esl)
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Philosophy (64%), Social Sciences, Other (21%), Religion/Religious Studies, Other (7%), Religion/Religious Studies, Other (7%), Social Sciences, Other (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in religion/religious studies not listed above.

Associates

Any instructional program in religion/religious studies not listed above.

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in social sciences not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Associates

Any instructional program in social sciences not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Timothy Lenchak
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 21
Student : Faculty Ratio 4 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 38 : 61
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 9
Tenure Track Faculty 33
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 57

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 100.0% accepted of 17 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Interview, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Academic GPA, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Volunteer Work, Work Experience, Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Math 0 0
Foreign Language 0 0
English 0 0
Science 0 0
Social Studies 0 0

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $3,099 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $1,024
$30K-$48K $2,569

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $12,000, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,000 Same as On-Campus
Fees $100 Same as On-Campus
Housing $3,300 $3,300
Books $150 $150
Total (before financial aid) $15,550 $15,550

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 27% $2,742
Federal Scholarships/Grants 27% $6,514
Institutional Grants 100% $13,070
Other Federal Grants 27% $964
Pell Grants 27% $5,550
Student Loans 27% $2,742

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.dwci.edu/admissions/tuition-fees.aspx.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.dwci.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/net-price-calculator.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

11% of students graduated on time.

44% of students graduated in six years.

82% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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