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Waldorf University

Forest City, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate72%
Acceptance Rate72%

About Waldorf University

Waldorf University Overview

Waldorf University is a private, religious school in the rural setting of Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf University was founded in 1903 and enrolls 2,523 undergrads and no graduate students. Waldorf University provides housing for up to 605 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 70% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Waldorf University

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Waldorf University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Waldorf University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Waldorf University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Waldorf University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Waldorf University on the Student Life page.

2022 Waldorf University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 72%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28%
Tuition $23,108
Percent of Need Met 62%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,337

Is Waldorf University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Waldorf University offers and if the college seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Waldorf University

It is moderately difficult to get into Waldorf University. Around 72% of applicants get into Waldorf University each year. Last year, 771 students applied to Waldorf University and 554 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Waldorf University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

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 for Waldorf University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 61% of graduates from Waldorf University recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Waldorf University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Waldorf University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

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.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $33,494 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Waldorf University.

Based on this information, does Waldorf University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Waldorf University a good school for you?

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Where is Waldorf University Located?

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

If you want to see Waldorf University for yourself, be sure to 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

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Waldorf University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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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


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 560

Waldorf University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Waldorf University is like? There are approximately 2,523 students enrolled at Waldorf University. 62% 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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