When he was a senior in high school, Nathan Walter decided that he did not want to attend a Christian college. As far as he could tell, many Christian colleges used the label “Christian” but deserted their biblical foundation. However, after coming across Dordt College, Nathan realized it did not fit into that category. Based on his experience, Nathan says, “Dordt continually encourages every student to develop the gifts God has given them and prepares those students to go out into the world and use those gifts for God’s glory.”
As an avid filmmaker, musician, and scholar, Nathan is able to pursue all of his interests at Dordt with professors who do more than teach students how to use a camera or set up a shot.
Dordt College has a proven reputation for academic excellence. It is consistently named to best college lists by U.S.News & World Report, Forbes.com, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Money magazine recently named Dordt to its list of “Best Colleges for Your Money,” placing Dordt in the top 7% of the nation’s 4,400 colleges and universities.
A Dordt education prepares you for a job and for all aspects of life. Students get experience through internships, on-campus research projects, and student employment within their areas of interest.
Dordt College students have earned stellar engineering and nursing pass rates on professional licensing exams, exceeding national averages and, on the engineering test, surpassing results from some of the nation’s most prestigious engineering schools. Additionally, three out of four pre-medical students, after graduating from Dordt College, are accepted into medical school, compared to one in three applicants nationally.
Why is this possible? Because the classes are challenging and students receive personal attention from professors who really get to know them. Dordt’s 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows for the kind of relationships that can be paramount for students when they are looking for internships and job opportunities.
Even in today’s challenging economic climate, 98% of Dordt students have found employment or gone on to graduate schools within six months of graduating.
What distinguishes Dordt’s academic program? Every subject is examined within the illuminating light of God’s Word. This organic integration of faith and academics provides students with insights that equip them to think critically and judge wisely for the rest of their lives.
Come and see for yourself!
The best way to find out if Dordt College is right for you is to get information firsthand with a campus visit. When you visit, you can meet faculty, take a tour of campus, mix with students, and get a feel for Dordt. You can also visit dordt.edu or talk to an admissions counselor by calling 800-343-6738 (option 1).
TYPE: Dordt College provides a welcoming and dynamic Christian education that challenges, engages, and encourages students who seek Christ-centered renewal in every area of life.
SIZE: Enrollment of approximately 1,450, representing 37 states and 22 countries, including Canadians from eight different provinces
FACULTY: 83 full-time faculty members, for a student-faculty ratio of 14:1
LOCATION: Sioux Center, Iowa, a safe, friendly, progressive community of 7,000 located about an hour’s drive from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, both of which offer major airline connections
ATHLETICS: A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), Dordt College fields intercollegiate teams in men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track and women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, golf, indoor track, and volleyball. Hockey and lacrosse are offered as intercollegiate club sports, and a variety of intramural sports are offered as well.
FINANCIAL AID: About 98% of Dordt students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment opportunities. The College awards more than $33 million in financial aid annually, thanks in large part to private donors and alumni who value the Christian higher education offered here.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Dordt College requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.25 for regular admission status. ACT or SAT results are also considered. Recommended preparation includes four years of English, two years of foreign language, two years of social science, two years of natural science, and three years of math (including algebra and geometry).
MAJORS: 90 programs of study, including Actuarial Science, Administrative Assistant, Agriculture, Art, Biology, Business Administration/Accounting, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Construction Management, Create a Program, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Production, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Foreign Language, History, Health and Human Performance, Math, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education Aide, Teacher Aide, Theatre Arts, and Theology
Pre-architecture, Pre-chiropractic, Pre-dental, Pre-medical, Pre-nursing, Pre-occupational Therapy, Pre-optometry, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physical Therapy, Pre-physician Assistant, Pre-seminary, and Pre-veterinary
Master of Education