Dordt College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Dordt College Admissions Overview:

Admissions at Dordt College is moderately open—around seven out of every ten applicants are admitted to the school each year, and students will have a good chance of being admitted if they have at least a "B" average and standardized test scores that are average or better. Students can apply by visiting the school's admissions website and filling out an application there. Additional materials include high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

Admissions Data (2016):

Dordt College Description:

Founded in 1955, Dordt College is a private four-year college associated with the Christian Reformed Church. The college's 115-acre campus is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, about an hour from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Students come from over 30 states and 16 foreign countries. On the academic front, students can choose from over 40 majors and pre-professional programs. Education fields are most popular. Academics are supported by small classes and a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Dordt defines its education as biblical and Christ-centered. The great majority of students live on campus, and campus life is active with dozens of clubs, organizations and activities. In athletics, the Dordt Defenders compete in the NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference. The college fields eight men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,522 (1,454 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $29,130
  • Books: $1,140 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,730
  • Other Expenses: $3,500
  • Total Cost: $42,500

Dordt College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 70%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,950
    • Loans: $7,795

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Elementary Education, English, Secondary Education, Social Work

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Softball, Soccer, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Dordt College Mission Statement:

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"As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, the mission of Dordt College is to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life."

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