Hailed as home to students who “are so intellectually curious, so committed to learning,” Wittenberg University offers the undergraduate an experience that redefines the word “engaged.” No wonder The Daily Beast included Wittenberg in its 2013 list of 41 Overlooked Colleges & Programs.
Wittenberg students are active and engaged inside and outside of the classroom. Whether it is launching and tracking a weather balloon to near space and back, or attending one of the largest and longest-running student investment forums with presidents and CEOs from companies such as Barron’s, TD Ameritrade and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, or playing a central role in neighborhood revitalization efforts Wittenberg students’ learning continues well outside the confines of a classroom.
Helping Dreams Become Reality
For Alaina Engdahl, ’13 of Columbus, Ohio, Bill Nye the Science Guy played a central role in developing her love of science at a young age. Wittenberg took that love even further, setting Engdahl on a path to double major in chemistry and peace and conflict studies.
“Becoming a chemistry major was a natural choice,” Engdahl said. “However, I came to the realization freshman year that I needed to balance out my science courses with humanities. After some consideration, I realized that Wittenberg already offers nearly all of the courses needed to complete a peace and conflict studies major; they are just scattered across multiple departments. I approached professors from the political science, history and sociology departments, and together we created an interdepartmental major.”
Her well-rounded program caught the attention of the University of Michigan, leading to her acceptance into its Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry.
“Wittenberg has what you need in order to make your dreams a reality,” she said. “Because I came to school at Wittenberg, I was able to create my own major, study abroad in Northern Ireland, have three summer chemistry research experiences, and form strong relationships with both my professors and my fellow students.”