Waldorf College

106 S Sixth St, Forest City, IA 50436-1713

School Details

Waldorf College is a four-year, for-profit liberal arts college located in Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf was established in 1903 and was affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America until 2009, when it was sold to Mayes Education. Waldorf was originally founded as an academy and business college, which made it different from other Lutheran colleges that offered preparatory programs for future ministers. Since its beginning, Waldorf believed that church sponsored education was vital for those that would primarily serve in secular society, and had a “stewardship emphasis” which viewed human lives as gifts from god, and believed that an educational environment provided the location for developing ones full potential. Waldorf’s mission has remained that service to others is the way to achieve a fulfilling life.

Waldorf strives to be a community of faith and learning, where relationships are established, and where opportunities for learning and service exist. Waldorf offers an education that focuses on integrity, and equips students with the means to succeed, and to serve their communities. Waldorf’s goals for students in their liberal arts program are:

  • students will learn to speak, think and write clearly
  • to appreciate and engage in the arts
  • to develop an inquiring, mature mind that will give them the ability to formulate questions
  • to make sound judgments and solve problems
  • to understand scientific and historical heritage
  • to develop an appreciation of other cultures
  • to understand their religious commitments to their lives and to the world that they live in and serve.

Waldorf’s student life program, and it’s cultural, co-curricular and community service activities were designed to create a campus environment that would provide a well rounded academic experience. Waldorf values personal growth, academic excellence, the development of friendships, and increasing awareness of community responsibility.

Approximately 1,100 students are enrolled at Waldorf. The institution offers certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees. The most popular academic majors are speech communication and rhetoric, business/commerce, foods, nutrition and wellness studies, psychology and education. The average student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1 and 75 percent of Waldorf’s classes have less than 20 students, allowing students to receive individual attention. Students learn from knowledgeable professors and hands on learning experiences.

Waldorf offers online programs in certain areas. The online programs include: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Bachelor of Arts Emergency Management, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security, Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Health Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration, and many more. Certificates include: Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Emergency Management, Global Leadership, Health Care Management, Homeland Security, Leadership Communication, Management, Occupational Safety and Health, Sport Management, and more.

The liberal arts curriculum at Waldorf challenges students to think critically and engages them in creative, thoroughly provoking constructive discussions in the classroom. Waldorf has numerous resources such as intramural activities and student groups that are available to enhance student’s college experiences. The Academic Achievement Center and Writing Center at Waldorf provide academic assistance services. The Writing Center helps with things such as brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising and proofreading for writing assignments, and the Academic Achievement Center offers services such as academic advising, study rooms, tutorial services, computer network access and printer access.

Waldorf is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation. The overall graduation rate is 43 percent. Of the 1,089 prospective students who applied to Waldorf College around 48 percent were admitted and of that number, 30 percent actually enrolled.The cost of attending Waldorf is $19,820 per year, including tuition and the comprehensive fee. Around 87 percent of students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid and around 83 percent of students take out Federal student loans. The general amount of a student loan is $7,332.




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    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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