Divine Word College is located in Epworth, Iowa, in a beautiful rural setting that helps you to focus spiritually as you concentrate on your seminary studies. But there’s also time for fun and recreation, and plenty to see and do, both on campus and in the surrounding area.
Just minutes away, located on the Mississippi River that connects Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, lies the Port of Dubuque, with something to interest everyone. Tour the Mississippi River Aquarium and Museum, learning about the river’s history and the animals, fish and plant life that depend on it. Art lovers can visit the Dubuque Art Museum or attend a performance by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Like drama? Dubuque’s Grand Opera House and Bell Tower Theatres offer an exciting lineup of seasonal plays. The Five Flags Center, home to the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Team, features an array of year-round music and variety show entertainment. Movie buffs can check out the new 14-plex Star Cinema just outside of Dubuque, and nature lovers will enjoy the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or a tour of Crystal Lake Cave.
In downtown Dubuque, you can hike along the city’s Riverwalk, explore the shops and restaurants, or ride the Fenelon Place Elevator to the top and experience a breathtaking view of the tri-state region. Riverboat, trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides offer fun and different ways to tour the area. Picnics and fishing at scenic Eagle Point Park, with an unforgettable view of the Mississippi, are favorite student outings. And as home to three other colleges, Dubuque has many opportunities to experience related educational, cultural and entertainment events.
Heading west from Epworth to Dyersville, you can visit the famous Field of Dreams, scene of the 1989 baseball movie. Dyersville is also home to the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier - Only one of 52 Basilicas in the United States and is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the Midwest.
Back on the Divine Word College campus, you might meet with friends for games, impromptu music, or just to hang out – in the college “Pourhouse” – which features a snack bar, game room and recreation area. You’ll interact with fellow students in planning special fun events like the Lunar New Year celebration, and in attending DWC’s on-campus Arts Alive events. Maybe you’ll join a photography group, or the basketball or soccer team. Swimming, weightlifting and tennis are other sports activities you can enjoy in our full-size indoor pool and newly renovated weight room and tennis courts.
Divine Word College also offers you the opportunity to be a part of our FAN Club – “Friends Across Nations.” If you decide to participate, this group matches you with an area family, who acts as your host – helping you to be involved in off-campus activities with their help and guidance. Many lifelong friendships have had their roots in the DWC FAN Club.
Whatever your interests may be, there’s sure to be something for you to see and do as a Divine Word College Seminary student.