Dordt College News

Dordt freshman class size up again

August 30, 2005

Dordt College has kicked off the new academic year with an increase in this year’s freshmen class size, up from 347 last year to 365 this fall.

Enrollment for summer and fall sessions includes 1,256 undergraduates and 70 graduate students, for a total of 1,326. Despite increases in the freshmen and sophomore class sizes, the total undergraduate enrollment dipped by about 29 students, due primarily to a large ’05 graduating class.

College officials attribute the rise in incoming students for the past two years to increased recognition of the college's academic quality, including a second year as a top ten college in the U.S. News and World Report regional rankings. New academic offerings in computer networking, criminal justice, and nursing program collaborations that enable Dordt students to earn a B.S.N. while living on campus are all examples of efforts being made to provide continued expanding options to students.

This year’s student body comes to Dordt’s campus from 31 states, 7 Canadian provinces, and includes 15 students from nine other foreign countries. In addition to incoming freshmen, 54 upperclass students transferred to or restarted classes at Dordt College this fall, and 16 area high school students are getting a jump-start on college classes by taking courses on campus this semester.

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