Spring Arrival & Move-in

New students must complete the items in the following checklist before their arrival. Each is a hyperlink to where you need to go to complete that item. Students who do not complete the list will be delayed at check-in.

Pre-Arrival Form

Health Information

Waldorf portal link

Waldorf email log-in

Order textbooks

Ride Request link

Spring Arrival Dates

Check-in will be held in the Salveson Ballroom. Please arrive on your assigned date and time as early arrivals will not be approved. If more than one day is listed for your group, you may arrive on either day. New students participating in a group or team that is listed earlier than August 6 should arrive on the earlier date. Check-in must be completed before moving into university housing and beginning Waldorf classes.

New International Students

        • Thurs./Fri., Jan. 4-5¬†
          Residence halls open. Students may report to Campus Center CIC desk and then directly to their assigned hall.
        • Mon., Jan. 8
          International Student Orientation. This is mandatory for all new international students.
          Meal plans begin at breakfast (7 a.m.).
        • Tues., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
          Welcome back event (Atrium)
      • Mon.-Fri., Jan. 8-12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
        Warrior Shop (Bookstore) open

New Students

      • Mon., Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Office check-in, report directly to Salveson Ballroom, 106 South 6th St. Forest City, IA. Meal plans begin at breakfast (7 a.m.). Students must complete Salveson Ballroom check-in before receiving a room key.
      • Tues., Jan. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
        Office check-in, report directly to Salveson Ballroom, 106 South 6th St. Forest City, IA. Students must complete Salveson Ballroom check-in before receiving a room key.
      • Tues., Jan. 9, 1-4 p.m.
        New Student/New Transfer Orientation (Salveson Ballroom)
      • Tues., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
        Welcome back event (Atrium)
      • Mon.-Fri., Jan. 8-12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
        Warrior Shop (Bookstore) open

First day of classes is Wed., Jan. 10.

Things to Know

Plan Ahead

We encourage students and families to plan ahead. On-campus housing is not guaranteed if the housing form and $125 housing deposit are not completed and paid/sent in before students are assigned and arrive on campus. Housing assignments are sent out beginning in mid-July. New students to Waldorf who are eligible for off-campus housing and cannot secure off-campus housing are recommended to live on campus for one semester in the fall to acclimate to campus and the community.

Travel and Accommodations

Students must arrive on their scheduled day so that Waldorf is prepared for their arrival. Students and families must arrive on their scheduled check-in day. Unscheduled early arrivals will be expected to make arrangements at local lodging establishments as dorm rooms are being deeply cleaned and painted or are occupied by summer guests and are unavailable. We recommend the Forest City Inn (641.585.1448) or Cobblestone Inn & Suites (641.585.3000) for reasonably priced lodging in Forest City for anyone arriving in town earlier than their check-in arrival date. If you arrive on campus after your scheduled arrival date, please get in touch with the Office of Student Life to make arrangements (reslife@waldorf.edu or 641.585.8160).

Transportation to Campus

Students should arrange to fly into the Mason City Airport (Sky West/United). Mason City is only 35 minutes from campus. Students can book flights directly into Mason City on Unitedor other travel sites. To request a ride from Mason City, you must reserve your ride request at least 72 hours in advance. Check out Mason City Municipal Airport or Jefferson/Greyhound Bus Terminal in Mason City for more information, or visit our transportation page.

Move-In Time

Move-in times for each arrival day are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. unless otherwise stated. It is highly recommended that students and families arrive early on their assigned arrival day. This allows sufficient time for students to complete the check-in process, move into their assigned residence hall and visit any offices as needed.

Meals

Students will use their student ID to access the meal plan program in the main dining hall or Warrior Crossing (Atrium). Student ID pictures will be taken in the Campus Center on check-in days for students who have not yet received their ID. Student meal plans begin on Jan. 8.