Dordt College News

Dordt enrollment up this year

September 4, 2006


Four hundred new students joined returning students for opening day at Dordt College, raising the college’s enrollment to 1,330 undergraduate and graduate students for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Opening day enrollment figures show a twelve-student increase over last year’s freshman class for a total of 348 freshmen. In addition to the new freshman class, 52 upperclass students transferred to or restarted classes at Dordt College this fall.

A record high freshman-to-sophomore retention rate was recorded this year, with over 89 percent of last year’s freshmen returning to Dordt College for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The steady gradual rise in enrollment at Dordt College is on target with long-range projections made by college officials. “Each year we add special degree options, and each year more students discover that this college is the one that is best equipped to meet and exceed their specific educational and career needs,” said Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College. Currently over 50 programs of study are offered at the college, including a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, and a new two-year engineering technology degree option. New emphases have also been added in the area of biotechnology.

Dordt College once again received a top ranking in U. S. News and World Report’s annual review of Midwest Comprehensive Colleges, this year listed at #11. Currently Dordt’s student body consists of students from 31 states, 142 Canadian students from seven provinces, and 24 students from 12 additional foreign countries.

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