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Waldorf University is a private for-profit institution located in Forest City, Iowa. The location of Waldorf is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

1,578 Full-Time Undergraduates
$22,434 Avg In-State Tuition

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Waldorf University Rankings

According to our 2023 analysis, Waldorf is ranked #6 out of 1,440 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Out of the 26 colleges in Iowa, it is ranked at #1.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Bachelor’s Degree Trade 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
#2 Best Quality Control Technology Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Quality Control Technology Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Quality Control Technology Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Online Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Trade 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
#2 Best Occupational Safety & Health Technology Schools College Factual
#3 Best Quality Control Technology Schools College Factual
#7 Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Health & Medical Administrative Services College Factual
#16 Best Associate Degree Schools Course Advisor
#19 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#61 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate Degree Schools College Factual

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

Can I Afford Waldorf?

$22,434 In-State Tuition
72% Take Out Loans
8.1% Loan Default Rate
During the 2019-2020 academic year, part-time students at Waldorf paid $313 per credit hour, whether they were in-state or out-of-state. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $22,434 $22,434
Fees $1,232 $1,232
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,386
On Campus Room and Board $8,062 $8,062
On Campus Other Expenses $3,266 $3,266

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 8.1%. 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

1,578 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
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 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

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Waldorf University was $23,088 for both in-state and out-of-state students. 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
Quality Control Technology #4 #4
Occupational Safety & Health Technology #4 #4
Engineering Technologies #22 #22

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 #616 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Waldorf regardless of major.

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
Occupational Safety & Health Technology #13
Quality Control Technology #22
Engineering Technologies #121
Health Care Management #124
Health & Medical Administrative Services #337

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 Trade School Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s TOTAL
Occupational Safety & Health Technology 35 48 83
Health Care Management 9 40 49
TOTAL 44 88 132


*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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