Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

International Students at Waldorf College

1. Where is Waldorf?

Waldorf is located in Forest City, Iowa. Iowa is located in the north central part of the United States, known as the “Upper Midwest”, which has a reputation for being especially friendly, clean, quiet, spacious, and very safe. The crime rate in Iowa is among the lowest in the United States. The cost of living in the Midwest is lower than larger cities and the coastal regions of the U.S.

USA MapIowa is known for its high educational standards, its small-town family values, and its many agricultural products. The area surrounding Forest City is mainly farmland with small towns dotting the landscape every 20 kilometers or so. There are four distinct seasons in Iowa.  Summer is warm and quite humid; winter has temperatures frequently below freezing and snow; spring and fall are very pleasant and mild.

2. How big is Forest City?

Forest City has a population of approximately 4,500 people. The city is the headquarters of Winnebago Industries, a major manufacturer of recreational vehicles that employs nearly 3,000 people. Forest City is located midway between Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (population three million) and Des Moines, Iowa, the capitol city (population 400,000).  Although students have no problems shopping for items they need in Forest City, the Mason City-Clear Lake metropolitan area, with major shopping centers, is only 35 minutes away.

3. How big is Waldorf?

Waldorf has approximately 600 undergraduate students representing almost every state of the United States and more than a dozen countries.

One advantage of attending a small college, versus a larger university, is the type of instruction students receive. Excellent teaching is Waldorf’s highest priority. Waldorf’s student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1, which means students receive personal attention from their instructors. Because of its small size, students get to know each other and the faculty and staff well.

Another advantage to a smaller campus is the close proximity of classrooms to residential halls and other areas of the campus. The campus is located in the heart of Forest City and everything students may need is within easy walking distance of campus.

4. What majors and degrees does Waldorf offer?

View Programs of Study

5. What can I do during my free time at Waldorf College?
Get involved!  When the studying is done, there are plenty of opportunities on campus for you to get involved.  Numerous campus groups host events and activities, and we’re always bringing in musicians, comedians, hypnotists, and other exciting entertainers.  We also offer a host family and student mentor to every international student who wishes to participate in these programs.

In addition to on campus fun, we make frequent trips to the Twin Cities and Des Moines for shopping, professional sporting events, zoo trips, and much more!

Check out our viewbook to get to know what it's like to be a Waldorf student!

6. What is the cost to attend Waldorf?

Full-time Tuition

  Annually Per Semester
Tuition $19,266 $9,633
Comprehensive Fee $1,050 $525
Room and Board $6,856 $3,428
Total Cost of Attendance $27,172 $13,586
Overload Tuition $550 per credit hour  

Additional information about tuition can be found on our Tuition & Payment Information page.

6. Are scholarships or Financial Aid available?

100% of international students at Waldorf receive some form of financial aid. This financial aid is in the form of grants (funds that do not have to be repaid to the college). These funds are generally based on academic merit and financial need.

To apply for financial aid, students must apply and be accepted for enrollment.

7. Is Waldorf accredited?

Yes, Waldorf is fully accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. 

8. Does Waldorf require the TOEFL Exam?

Waldorf requires all international students to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam as part of the admission process. Waldorf’s institutional code is 6925.  ACT, SAT, IELTS, or STEP EIKEN scores may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Students who achieve a minimum paper based score of 500 or internet based score of 61 will be considered for regular degree admission. 

9. Does Waldorf accept transfer credit?

Waldorf accepts transfer credit from most other accredited colleges and universities around the world. Students who are interested in transferring to Waldorf should send a certified copy of their transcripts, complete with English translation and course descriptions. If possible, please send a catalog (in English) from the institution. Transfer credit accepted by Waldorf is through the discretion of our Registrar.