Waldorf University

Private, Four-years School Located in Forest City, IA

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How much is the Waldorf tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Waldorf's tuition & fees is $25,220.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $38,870 when a student lives on-campus.

Waldorf Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$25,220
Books & Supplies Costs$1,460
On-campus Room & Board$8,748
On-campus Expenses$3,442
Off-campus Room & Board$8,748
Off-campus Expenses$3,442
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$26,876

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Waldorf for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $108,221 at Waldorf. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $166,990. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $135,043.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$25,934$39,051$31,396
Sophomore (2024-25)$26,667$40,783$32,911
Junior (2025-26)$27,422$42,612$34,517
Senior (2026-27)$28,198$44,544$36,220
4 Years Total$108,221$166,990$135,043
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$26,667$40,783$32,911
Sophomore (2025-26)$27,422$42,612$34,517
Junior (2026-27)$28,198$44,544$36,220
Senior (2027-28)$28,996$46,586$38,026
4 Years Total$111,283$174,525$141,673
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$27,422$42,612$34,517
Sophomore (2026-27)$28,198$44,544$36,220
Junior (2027-28)$28,996$46,586$38,026
Senior (2028-29)$29,816$48,744$39,943
4 Years Total$114,432$182,486$148,705
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$28,198$44,544$36,220
Sophomore (2027-28)$28,996$46,586$38,026
Junior (2028-29)$29,816$48,744$39,943
Senior (2029-30)$30,660$51,029$41,978
4 Years Total$117,670$190,902$156,166
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$28,996$46,586$38,026
Sophomore (2028-29)$29,816$48,744$39,943
Junior (2029-30)$30,660$51,029$41,978
Senior (2030-31)$31,528$53,446$44,139
4 Years Total$121,000$199,805$164,085

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Waldorf' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $25,497.
Waldorf University$25,220
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Waldorf and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Waldorf UniversityForest City, IA$25,220$5,220
Buena Vista UniversityStorm Lake, IA$40,190$10,170
University of DubuqueDubuque, IA$40,065$9,020
Mount Mercy UniversityCedar Rapids, IA$39,070$11,410
Northwestern CollegeOrange City, IA$35,300$6,600

Financial Aid and COA

At Waldorf University, 1,431 students (69%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $7,445.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Waldorf is $31,425 for students living on-campus and $31,425 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 186 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $17,359 and the average amount of student loans is $6,527.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$38,870
COA (off-campus)$38,870
Tuition & Fees$25,220
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$13,650
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$13,650
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$31,425
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$31,425
Average Financial Aid$7,445
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,43169%$7,445
Pell Grants69133%$4,012
Federal Student Loan90143%$6,453
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid18699%-
Grants or Scholarships18297%$17,359
Federal Grants17191%$3,365
Pell Grants10154%$4,710
Other Federal Grants17091%$587
State/Local Grants2815%$3,165
Institutional Grants18096%$13,863
Student Loan Aid15583%$6,527
Federal Student Loans15583%$5,674
Other Student Loans116%$12,025

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Waldorf's acceptance rate is 72.29%. A total of 1,097 applicants applied to and 793 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 192 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 24.21%.
To apply to Waldorf, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate72.29%70.24%77.89%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)24.21%23.76%25.33%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programConsidered But Not Required
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Waldorf University has a total of 2,763 students including 2,295 undergraduate and 468 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,554 male students and 966 female students attending Waldorf. The school offers online degree programs and 2,096 students enrolled online exclusively (75.86% of all students).
Total2,520 1,554966
Undergraduate2,088 1,285803
Graduate432 269163

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address106 S Sixth St, Forest City, IA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered46 Programs
Online Program Offered31 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered4 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate72.99%
Student Population2,763
Graduation Rate25%
Transfer-out Rate6%
Retention Rate70% (Full-time), 25% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate24 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties48 (Full-time), 105 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs230 (Full-time), 129 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$51,165
Average Staff Salary$41,600