Waldorf College

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Coordinates: 43°15′49″N 93°38′23″W / 43.263607°N 93.63962°W / 43.263607; -93.63962

Waldorf College
Motto Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth
Established 1903
Type For-profit university
Affiliation formerly Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, currently for-profit
President Robert Alsop
Students 580
Location Forest City, Iowa, U.S.
Colors Purple and Gold          
Nickname Warriors
Website www.waldorf.edu

Waldorf College, located in Forest City, Iowa, United States, is a four-year liberal arts, for-profit college.[1]


Waldorf was founded as an academy and business college in 1903 by C.S. Salveson, then pastor of what is now Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, Iowa. In 1920 it became a junior college; and in 1994, the college received accreditation to offer accelerated bachelor's degree programs in select disciplines. By 2001, Waldorf College became a fully accredited baccalaureate institution, and its athletic programs joined the MCC Midwest Classic Conference and the NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In recent years until 2009, the college was affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, when, due to financial problems,[2][not in citation given] the college was sold to for-profit Mayes Education, owner of Columbia Southern University, a distance education institution, located in Orange Beach, Alabama.[3][4]


Waldorf's curricula includes residential programs in biology, business, communications, creative writing, education, English, history, humanities, music, psychology, theater arts and wellness. The college also offers a number of online degree programs in business administration, criminal justice administration, fire science administration, health care management, organizational leadership, and occupational safety.[2] The colleges is accredited by the accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

The Biology Department became a baccalaureate program in 2005 and grants B.A. or B.S. degrees, with tracks in conservation biology, cell and molecular biology and anatomy/physiology. The department equips four laboratories to provide student learning experiences in molecular studies, organismal biology, and ecology. In addition to maintaining high teaching standards, Waldorf faculty build and support federally funded research programs that allow students to participate in research at the undergraduate level, addressing questions in developmental and cancer biology, microbiology, field ecology, and physiological and ecological modeling. The department also features a GeoWall which creates a 3-D environment where students can examine landscapes and intricate structures like a cell, a section of DNA or an internal body organ.

The college is also known for the strength of its communications program which features intensive training in television, radio, public relations, web design and newspaper journalism. Its student-managed broadcast facilities (WAL-TV and 91.9 KZOW) were among the first in the nation built to operate with only digital media. Its multimedia facility was recently renovated to ensure it's fully compatible with high definition standards.

Waldorf College recently established a new human performance lab for its Wellness Department which features exercise technologies currently being used by NASA and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The lab, also known as an exercise physiology lab, features a hydrostatic weighing system for the measurement of body density, a metabolic measurement system, and a Trackmaster treadmill that is programmable from the metabolic computer.

The college has one of the few undergraduate programs in the country to specialize in Shakespeare studies. The minor in Shakespeare allows students who complete a satisfactory course of study at Waldorf to continue into graduate work. They are able to complete this study at the Mary Baldwin College and American Shakespeare Center. (Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance program). The Theatre Arts Department offers four annual productions, including a Shakespeare play and a musical coordinated with the Department of Music. Waldorf College also offers a major in creative writing and boasts an excellent history program and a dynamic education program. Education majors are required to engage in practical experiences in area schools during each semester they are enrolled.

The Waldorf Choir is recognized as one of the oldest a cappella choirs in the midwestern United States. It tours annually (domestically or internationally) as does the Waldorf Wind Symphony.


Waldorf College teams are known as the Warriors. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the North Star Athletic Association. The Warriors formerly competed in the Midwest Collegiate Conference and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.[6] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling.

The Waldorf College Cheerleaders are a competitive squad recognized for all-female stunting routines. The college expanded athletics in 2010 by adding men's ice hockey and women's wrestling.[7] The ice hockey began play during the 2011-12 academic year and plays an independent schedule of club programs, as the NAIA does not currently sponsor a championship for ice hockey.[8] The program is coached by Brett Shelanski, former head coach at Minnesota Flying Aces junior A team.[9] The college launched Iowa's first collegiate women's wrestling program in 2010.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Major Benefactors[edit]

Waldorf has been the recipient of many large donations from the John K. Hanson family, founders of recreation vehicle-maker Winnebago Industries, also located in Forest City. Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, gave the college $5.5 million, its largest one-time financial gift.


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  3. ^ "No Page 404 - Columbia Southern University". Ssl.columbiasouthern.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ "CSU president: Waldorf College will be better than ever". Globegazette.com. 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ "College Navigator - Waldorf College". Nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Members". Midwest Collegiate Conference. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
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  8. ^ Yost, Rae (September 16, 2010). "Waldorf College adds hockey program". Forest City Summit. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dyrdal, Andrew (August 27, 2011). "Waldorf hockey hires new coach". Albert Lea Tribune. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Waldorf College launches new women's wrestling program". Access News. 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Josh Neer MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Henry Waechter". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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