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About Waldorf University

Waldorf University is a private, religious school in an rural setting in Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf University was founded in 1903 and now enrolls around 2,487 students a year, including 2,126 undergrads.

Waldorf University offers housing for up to 605 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 70% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

2021 Waldorf University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 3.1
Mean ACT score 21
Tuition $22,434

Waldorf University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Waldorf University Early Admission

Waldorf University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Waldorf University Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Waldorf University. In 2021, Waldorf University accepted 72% of applicants. Out of 771 applications received in 2021, 554 students were offered admission.

Waldorf University Waitlist 2021

Waldorf University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Waldorf University?

Waldorf University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Waldorf University, applicants must submit the following items.

Waldorf University Application Requirements

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Other Requirements State Completion
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Waldorf University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Waldorf University is 3.1 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT score for Waldorf University students is 21.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Waldorf University.

Does Waldorf University Require Test Scores?

Waldorf University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 28% submitted the SAT. 72% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Waldorf University

Yes! Waldorf University provides on-campus housing for up to 605 students.

Waldorf University students are active in the school's Student Activities Team, Education Club and Campus Ministry groups. Homecoming Week, De-Stress Weeks, and and Christmas Festival are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Waldorf University.

Financial Aid at Waldorf University

Waldorf University meets 62% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Waldorf University full-time are awarded $18,337 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Waldorf University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Waldorf University

About 46% of students who start at Waldorf University come back the next year.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 61% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $33,494 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Waldorf University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Waldorf University a good school for you?

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Where is Waldorf University?

Waldorf University is located in the rural setting of Forest City, Iowa.

If you want to see Waldorf University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 69 to Forest City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Mason City Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Waldorf University and Forest City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

106 South 6th Street Forest City, IA 50436

Campus Setting: Rural

Waldorf University Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Waldorf University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Waldorf University is Continuous processing.

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Waldorf University ACT Scores


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18 - 22

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Waldorf University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Waldorf University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Waldorf University SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 560

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Wondering what life at Waldorf University is like? There are approximately 2,487 students enrolled at Waldorf University, including 2,126 undergraduate students and 361 graduate students. 71% percent of students attend school full-time, 17% percent are from IA and 83% percent of students are from other states.


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