Dordt College

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498 Fourth Avenue NE

Sioux Center, IA 51250

Phone: (712) 722-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Dordt College is a private institution that was founded in 1955. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,384, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dordt College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 6. Its tuition and fees are $26,540 (2013-14).

Dordt College is a Christian college located in Sioux Center, Iowa, about an hour from Sioux City. Students can get involved with any of the approximately 40 organizations and clubs on campus, including a Monday Morning Coffee Club and Wrestling Club. Dordt also offers a variety of ministry opportunities, such as weekly chapel service and the Growing in Faith Together student-led worship service. The Putting Love Into Action organization is one of several groups on campus that organize service projects and trips. The Dordt Defenders field a number of varsity teams that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Nearly 90 percent of students live in on-campus residence halls or apartments.

Students at Dordt can choose from more than 30 majors and about a dozen pre-professional programs. All students receive an academic advisor and must complete a core curriculum. In addition to its bachelor's programs, Dordt also grants Associate of Arts degrees through its two-year academic programs.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Dordt College is a vibrant, Christ-centered learning and living community that challenges students to think, question, and prepare to live out their calling in God's world. Students grow in knowledge and insight from their education in the classroom and in the Christian community outside the classroom walls. Dordt College is a residential Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa, with dedicated faculty who care about the students they're teaching and offer a challenging and supportive academic atmosphere. Dordt College has been recognized repeatedly for academic excellence and for being a great value in national rankings published by U.S. News & World Report,, the Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Students at Dordt can choose from more than 90 programs of study. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Science in engineering, medical technology, or nursing; Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Arts in many areas including agriculture and education; and Associate of Arts degrees. Campus is alive with activities: Students can join one of over 40 different clubs or participate in ministry opportunities such as optional weekly Chapel, student-led praise and worship, or service projects to different countries. Dordt College has opportunities for intercollegiate and recreational athletes, with state of the art indoor and outdoor facilities. Dordt works hard to make education affordable. In fact, 98% of Dordt students receive financial aid, averaging $21,900 per student. About 98% of Dordt graduates are either employed or admitted graduate school within six months of graduating, and our nursing, engineering, and medical students have well-above-average test pass rates and acceptance rates. Dordt graduates recently were recognized as leading the U.S. in student debt repayment. On average Dordt graduates have less debt than students at any of Iowa's public universities, and far less debt than those at other private colleges in the region. Visit to learn more about Dordt College or schedule a visit to campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1955
Religious affiliation Christian Reformed
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $25,858,285


When applying to Dordt College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.1%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dordt College is 13:1, and the school has 60.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dordt College include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Business/Commerce, General; Engineering, General; Agricultural Business and Management, General; and Health and Wellness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 64%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 17%
Business/Commerce, General 14%
Engineering, General 11%
Agricultural Business and Management, General 8%
Health and Wellness, General 6%

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Student Life

Dordt College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,384, with a gender distribution of 52.3 percent male students and 47.7 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Dordt College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,405
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Dordt College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Dordt College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dordt College, 67 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dordt College.

Students who have cars on campus 67%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dordt College, 73.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,726.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $26,540 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,620 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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