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Waldorf University Overview

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

What Is Waldorf University Known For?

835 Undergraduate Awards
$28,270 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Waldorf.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 26% of the faculty were full-time.

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Waldorf University Rankings

We have ranked Waldorf as #101 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

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
#20 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#156 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s 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 Most Popular Teaching Assistants Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Fire Protection Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Homeland Security Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Quality Control Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Homeland Security Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Fire Protection Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s 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
#3 Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates College Factual

Where Is Waldorf University?

Location of 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 recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Waldorf?

72% Acceptance Rate
37% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Waldorf University is 72%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 63% of accepted students are men and 37% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 28% 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 470 and 560. Math scores were between 460 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Waldorf University  ( 470 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Waldorf University  ( 460 to 550 )
Waldorf received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 22.

ACT English Scores for Waldorf University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Waldorf University  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Waldorf University  ( 18 to 22 )

Can I Afford Waldorf University?

$28,270 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
7.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Waldorf is $28,270. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Waldorf, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $7,085 a year. That adds up to $28,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Waldorf is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Waldorf University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,619 Full-Time Undergraduates
42% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,552 undergraduate students at Waldorf, with 1,619 being full-time and 933 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Waldorf

There are also 519 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,619 full-time undergraduates at Waldorf, 58% are male and 42% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Waldorf

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Waldorf Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 77
Hispanic or Latino 46
White 374
International Students 74
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,047

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

2,515 Took All Classes Online
2,551 Took At Least One Class Online
33.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 12 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Waldorf. In 2017-2018, 2,551 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Waldorf

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Waldorf University was 33.8%. This is the #41 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 20%
Business, Management & Marketing 18%
Communication & Journalism 5%
Communication & Media Studies 5%
Education 33%
Engineering Technologies 21%
General Business/Commerce 17%
General Psychology 36%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18%
Health Professions 18%
Homeland Security 4%
Human Resource Management 19%
Psychology 36%
Quality Control Technology 21%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42%

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
Quality Control Technology #1
History #1
Business/Corporate Communications #1
History #1
Fire Protection #1
Multicultural & Diversity Studies #1
Engineering Technologies #2
General Business/Commerce #2
Communication & Media Studies #3
Health & Physical Education #3
Communication & Journalism #4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #4
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #5
Homeland Security #5
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #7
Liberal Arts General Studies #7
Human Resource Management #7
General Psychology #7
Psychology #9
Health & Medical Administrative Services #11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #11
Criminal Justice & Corrections #11
Business Administration & Management #19
Health Professions #20
Business, Management & Marketing #23

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
Business Administration & Management 16 0 158 174
Quality Control Technology 36 120 0 156
Fire Protection 38 93 0 131
General Business/Commerce 0 124 0 124
General Psychology 17 73 0 90
Homeland Security 12 69 0 81
Human Resource Management 11 47 0 58
Criminal Justice & Corrections 10 41 0 51
Health & Medical Administrative Services 9 29 0 38
Communication & Media Studies 0 19 0 19
Health & Physical Education 6 8 0 14
General Biology 0 12 0 12
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 12 0 12
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 10 0 10
Liberal Arts General Studies 5 0 0 5
Writing Studies 0 4 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 4
Teaching Assistants 0 3 0 3
General English Literature 0 3 0 3
History 0 2 0 2
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 1 0 0 1
Music 0 1 0 1
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 161 674 158 993


*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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