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Dordt College makes 2007 Best College list

August 18, 2006

US News America's Best Colleges 2007

For the 14th year running, Dordt College was again named as a top Midwest College in U. S. News and World Report’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

This year Dordt College was number 11 in a listing of 73 comprehensive colleges awarded the “best” designation. The Comprehensive Colleges category consists of 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.

The president of Dordt College, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, noted two key factors in the ranking that make Dordt stand out on a national scale: a low student to faculty ratio and incredibly high alumni support. “With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, each student attending Dordt College is assured of all the help and personal attention they need to successfully prepare for their personal and career goals,” said Zylstra. And with nearly half (45 percent) of alumni annually making a donation to the college, Dordt is able to provide 98 percent of students with financial aid. During the 2005-06 school year, Dordt’s 1,300 students received nearly $19.7 million in total financial aid, an average of about $12,000 per student.

“The alumni support received at Dordt College is a strong affirmation that our graduates were blessed by their years spent here. Their annual gifts to the college help to pass that blessing on to future generations,” said Zylstra.

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.

Other Siouxland colleges noted in this year’s U. S. News and World Report’s 2007 rankings included Augustana College at #12, Northwestern College at #20; and Morningside College at #42.

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.

Dordt College, a Christian college located in Sioux Center, Iowa, annually enrolls approximately 1,300 students from over 30 states, six Canadian provinces and 10 foreign countries.

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