Dordt College News

Dordt College again named among top 10

August 19, 2005

Dordt College is ranked among the top 10 Midwest Colleges in the U.S. for the second year in a row, according to U. S. News and World Report’s 2005 “America’s Best Colleges.”

Dordt College has consistently ranked high in the U.S. News listings, being noted in one or more categories for 13 years running. The Comprehensive Colleges category includes institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in both the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education. America's Best Colleges 2006

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College says, “This high ranking from an independent source helps validate the work being done at Dordt College. Combined with college visits and one’s own instincts, it can really help prospective students find the college that’s right for them.”

U.S. News annually gathers data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects their judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. Key factors include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

Dordt College was tied in tenth place with Augustana College in this year’s ranking of 107 Midwest Comprehensive Colleges. Other Iowa colleges in the top 10 were Wartburg, Simpson and Central Colleges, while colleges in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio filled out the remainder of the top 10 list.

Other Siouxland colleges noted in this year’s U. S. News and World Report’s 2005 rankings included Northwestern College, Orange City, at #20; and Morningside College, Sioux City, at #46.

The America’s Best Colleges special issue is available on newsstands in mid-September. All ranking information is available on the U.S. News website at, where copies of the Best Colleges guidebook may also be purchased.

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