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Waldorf University Overview

Located in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf University is a private for-profit institution. The surrounding location of Forest City is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Waldorf University Known For?

873 Undergraduate Awards
$29,900 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Waldorf is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 25% of the faculty were full-time.

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Waldorf University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Waldorf has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#48 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Waldorf.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Corporate Communications Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Homeland Security Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Fire Protection Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Quality Control Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Health Professions Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Waldorf has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Business/Corporate Communications Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#3 Best Quality Control Technology Schools College Factual
#13 Best Fire Protection Schools College Factual
#31 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#94 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#123 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Waldorf University?


Contact details for Waldorf are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 106 S Sixth St, Forest City, IA 50436-1713
Phone: 641-585-2450

How Do I Get Into Waldorf?

You can apply to Waldorf online at:

Admission Requirements for Waldorf

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Waldorf?

61% Acceptance Rate
37% Of Accepted Are Women
25% Submit SAT Scores
Waldorf has an acceptance rate of 61%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 63% of accepted students are men and 37% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 25% of students accepted to Waldorf submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 560. Math scores were between 460 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Waldorf University  ( 460 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Waldorf University  ( 460 to 550 )
Waldorf received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 19. Composite scores were between 17 and 21.

ACT English Scores for Waldorf University  ( 15 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Waldorf University  ( 16 to 19 )
ACT Composite Scores for Waldorf University  ( 17 to 21 )

Can I Afford Waldorf University?

$29,900 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
10.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Waldorf is $29,900. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Waldorf, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $5,969 a year. That adds up to $23,876 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Waldorf is 10.3%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Waldorf University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,578 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,523 undergraduate students at Waldorf, with 1,578 being full-time and 945 being part-time.


There are also 502 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,578 full-time undergraduates at Waldorf, 57% are male and 43% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Waldorf University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 91
Hispanic or Latino 30
White 472
International Students 58
Other Races/Ethnicities 914

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Waldorf University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 32 countries are represented at Waldorf. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Brazil, and Germany.

Online Learning at Waldorf University

2,343 Took All Classes Online
2,343 Took At Least One Class Online
10.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Waldorf. In 2019-2020, 2,343 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Waldorf has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Waldorf Rankings

The following table shows how Waldorf is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Fire Protection #4 #4
Quality Control Technology #4 #4
Engineering Technologies #22 #22
Teacher Education Grade Specific #40 #40
History #51 #48
History #51 #48
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #59 #56
Business, Management & Marketing #63 #63
Communication & Media Studies #69 #69
Communication & Journalism #73 #73

Online Growth Rankings of Waldorf

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Waldorf University was 10.5%. This is the #757 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Waldorf regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Waldorf majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 10%
Business, Management & Marketing 0%
Education 6%
Engineering Technologies 24%
Fire Protection 2%
General Psychology 9%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 38%
Health Professions 38%
Homeland Security 27%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6%
Psychology 9%
Quality Control Technology 24%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Waldorf ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Waldorf.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Business/Corporate Communications #5
Multicultural & Diversity Studies #7
Quality Control Technology #22
Fire Protection #71
Communication & Media Studies #77
International Business #78
Homeland Security #80
Communication & Journalism #143
Engineering Technologies #143
General Psychology #152
Human Resource Management #213
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #215
Psychology #217
Teacher Education Grade Specific #282
Health & Medical Administrative Services #394
Criminal Justice & Corrections #425
Liberal Arts General Studies #469
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #469

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Waldorf University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Quality Control Technology 37 169 0 206
Business Administration & Management 15 0 178 193
Fire Protection 60 74 0 134
Homeland Security 17 94 0 111
General Business/Commerce 0 105 0 105
General Psychology 17 82 0 99
Health & Medical Administrative Services 12 47 2 61
Human Resource Management 10 48 0 58
Criminal Justice & Corrections 2 32 0 34
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 8 6 14
Communication & Media Studies 4 9 0 13
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 12 0 12
Health & Physical Education 0 7 0 7
General Biology 0 3 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 0 3
Teaching Assistants 0 2 0 2
Business/Corporate Communications 1 0 0 1
General English Literature 0 1 0 1
History 0 1 0 1
Music 0 1 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 178 695 186 1,059


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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