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Orientation - Arrival and Move-In

Student Arrival, Check-In and Orientation Information

Important Dates 2018
Check-in times are found in italics below date
Monday, January 8
12-6 p.m. arrival
Long-distance new students (6+ hours away) may move into residents hall. Students should report directly to assigned residence hall.
Tuesday, January 9
10 a.m.-noon
New and transfer student arrival, check-in (check-in begins in the Salveson lobby) & orientation. Residence Halls open at noon for returning students.
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Orientation for new students and new transfer students – Salveson Ballroom.
1 p.m. Orientation for new students and new transfer students – Salveson Ballroom (optional for parents who would like to attend).
1:30 p.m. Meetings with advisors – Salveson Ballroom.
2 p.m. Orientation for new students and new transfer students – Salveson Ballroom (optional for parents who would like to attend).
Note: Only new students to Waldorf need to go through the office and residence hall check-in process and orientation.
Wednesday, January 10 Classes Resume

New and Returning Students

Travel and Accommodations- It is important that students arrive on their scheduled day so that Waldorf is prepared for their arrival. Students who arrive on a "long distance fly-in day" must report directly to your residence hall to move in between noon-10 p.m. The office check-in process is required of all students and will completed the next day. Students who must arrive earlier than the assigned days must submit an early arrival request form to the Office of Student Life. Early arrivals are charged $25/day for this convenience. That the form can be found on the Waldorf University website under Residence Life. Students who have been approved for early arrival may arrive Monday-Friday only between the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All students who arrive before their scheduled arrival date must be approved and confirmed 72 hours in advance through Student Life ( or 641.585.8160. Unscheduled arrivals will be expected to make arrangements at local lodging establishments.

Special request early arrivals will not be allowed to check into the residence halls before August 1 as there will be limited staffing and deep cleaning of rooms occurring from departed summer camps during this time. We recommend the Super 8 (641.585.1300) or The Lodge (641.585.5060) for reasonably priced lodging in Forest City for anyone who must arrive to town earlier than their check-in date.  

We encourage students and families to plan ahead. Housing is not guaranteed if housing forms and the $125 housing deposit are not completed and paid/sent in before students are assigned and arrive.  Returning students staying in summer housing (May-July) and not living on campus during the fall, will be required to check out of their rooms by Friday, July 21. New students to Waldorf that are eligible for off-campus housing and who are not able to secure off-campus housing are recommended to live on campus for one semester in the fall.

To request a ride from the following locations (72-hours advanced notice and purchased ride pass required): Mason City Municipal Airport, Jefferson Bus Terminal in Mason City, Iowa or the Jefferson bus stop at the Pilot Travel Center in Clear Lake, Iowa, please visit our transportation page at We encourage students to consider flying into the Mason City Airport from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport as the price is reasonable and Mason City is only 35 minutes from campus.

Move-In and Check-In Day- All new and returning students will complete an office check-in process when they arrive to campus in the fall (check-in required of all full-time on campus or commuter students). Office check-in will take place and begin in Salveson Lobby. Please see schedule for the times and dates of your scheduled check-in day. In addition, students residing on campus will need to move into their assigned residence hall after checking in at the office stations in Salveson. It is highly recommended that students and families arrive early between 8:30-10 a.m. on the day of their assigned arrival day. This allows sufficient time for students to complete the check-in process with offices and move into your assigned residence hall. Students who arrive on a "long distance fly-in day" should report directly to your residence hall between noon and 10 p.m. to move in and complete office check-in the following day.

Meals will begin for students beginning the evening of their assigned arrival check-in date.  
Students arriving on a fly-in day or before this date must plan ahead as they are responsible for their own meals. Warrior Crossing (located in the Atrium) will be open (cash only) for grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all students and families on each arrival day.

Summer Student Housing (Limited for current students only)
Breen Hall Double Room-$190 per month per student (includes all utilities, cable, internet & garbage). No meal plan available.

Summer Housing Dates (Returning students only)-May 8 to July 28
No new summer housing check-ins after June 1 due to the summer guest conference season and deep cleaning/maintenance in the residence halls to prep for all August arrivals.

$125 Housing Deposit-One Time Fee (Required only if not previously submitted)
Required for all residents in housing-due prior to move-in date. Contact the Business Office Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to make arrangements.

Summer Room Changes
Immediately after May graduation, campus students will stay in their spring room until their Breen summer room is cleaned and available. Summer residents in campus housing registered for fall 2017 housing will be transitioned from Breen Hall to their permanent room at the end of July.

Summer Parking Permit
$25-May 8, 2017 to July 31, 2017 (exception: current residents who have already purchased a permit for the 2016-17 year)

Year Long Parking Permit
$50-August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018