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Dordt College seeks to provide a holistic learning experience in which classroom and other...

Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa

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.


Faculty at Dordt College care about the students they’re teaching and offer a challenging and supportive academic atmosphere.


Students at Dordt can choose from more than 90 programs of study in the academic areas listed below. 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.


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 to graduate school within six months of graduating, and nursing, engineering, and medical students have well-above-average test pass rates and acceptance rates.


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Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,385 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
52% male — 48% female
59% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
84 full-time faculty
58 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Retention Fall 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 2%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 7%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%

Academic Programs

Administrative Assistant, Agriculture, Computer Networking, Early Childhood Aide, General Studies, Special Education Aide, Teacher Aide, Actuarial Science, Agriculture, Art & Design, Biology, Business Administration/Accounting, Chemistry, Christianity and Popular Culture, Church Music, Communication, Community Development, Computer Science, Construction Management, Create A Program, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Production, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Health and Human Performance, History, Language Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Statistics, Theatre Arts, Theology, Worship Arts, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medical, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Law, Pre-Seminary, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Master of Education Graduate Program

A Co-Curricular Experience

The Dordt College learning experience includes much more than the time students spend in the classroom. The non-curricular aspects of college life play a vital role in students’ education. Dordt uses the term “co-curricular” to describe the wide range of activities that develop and enhance what is taught in the curriculum.

Service and Community

The college works to foster an attitude of service and loving obedience by planning social and devotional activities, as well as community-building and service projects. Such activities are not considered mere additions to the academic task, but a critical part of developing Christian insight.

Cross-Cultural Education

Dordt College is committed to increasing the ways in which classroom learning is enhanced by structured educational experiences outside the classroom. The college has included a cross-cultural component in its Core Program that requires students to explore another culture, either through coursework, study abroad, or volunteer service. In addition, Dordt College has encouraged faculty to develop service-learning opportunities, which combine reading and research with planning and executing a related service project.

Common Core

Professors at Dordt College are committed to education and good teaching. Faculty are leaders in their fields, but at the same time they genuinely care about students as individuals. Professors know their students by name. They know their passions, and they work with each student to help realize their dreams and goals.

Dordt has a Core Program with a curriculum that provides a foundation of history, philosophy, and theology, as well as various communication skills. Other core courses in language and the arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences provide a broad context for more specialized studies.

Majors, pre-professional programs, and a master’s program provide in-depth insight into the nature and demands of a variety of vocations and professions.

A capstone course dealing with contemporary issues helps students formulate answers to the four questions above as they move from the undergraduate academic setting into a larger world.

A Thriving Campus Community

Dordt students have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of roles and activities on campus. Since 90% of students live right on campus, there are many opportunities to participate in activities including athletics, music, theatre, mentoring and small groups, worship, and much more.

Community is more than a feel-good buzzword at Dordt. On Dordt’s residential campus, students live side by side, from first year students up to seniors. This gives juniors and seniors a chance to help set the tone for campus and become leaders in a wide variety of ways.

The residential campus is alive with activity: 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 also has opportunities for intercollegiate and recreational athletes, with state of the art indoor and outdoor facilities.

In a recent survey of 2014 graduates, 98.6% were employed within 6 months of graduation. Nursing, engineering, and pre-medical students outperform their peers across the country in measurable areas such as NCLEX (nursing), the FE exam (engineering), and acceptance into medical school (4 in 5 Dordt pre-med students are accepted into medical school, compared with 1 in 3 nationally).

In addition, Dordt graduates are sought after by employers who have experienced the value of a Dordt education.

Support Services

There are many support services on campus for students as well. The Academic Skills Center, available to all students at no cost, provides an unprecedented level of service to students via tutoring and homework help. Faculty, staff, and administration at Dordt are all committed to helping students succeed in their college careers, and the Career Development Office has a similar goal: to help students find great internships and employment opportunities during and after their time at Dordt.

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Admissions Fall 2015

1,342 Total Applicants 
937 Total Admissions 
365 Total Freshman Enrollment

69.82% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 650
SAT Math 500 650
SAT Writing 470 620
ACT Composite 22 29
ACT Math 22 28
ACT English 21 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $27,800
Fees $480
Total $28,280
Room and Board (on campus) $8,350
Estimated Total On Campus $36,630


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
75% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$14,773 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,274 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Scholarships are awarded for academics, activities, major courses of study, and more, based on a wide variety of categories including need, location, high school rank, GPA, and SAT or ACT scores. Scholarships range up to $14,000, but several scholarships can be put together to make the total scholarship package much greater.

Scholarships for freshmen:

Scholarships for upperclass students:

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Stepping up the sciences

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