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Dordt College Third on 2008 Best Colleges list

August 17, 2007

US News Best CollegesThe 2008 America’s Best Colleges report is out, and this year Dordt College was tied for third place among approximately 100 Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region.

America’s Best Colleges is published by U.S. News & World Report and Dordt College has made their list for the past 15 years. This year’s #1 and #2 in the Midwest were universities in Indiana (Taylor) and Ohio (Northern).Tied for third with Dordt College was Cedarville University in Ohio.

What’s new this year for Dordt College is also being named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked #4 in a listing of 10 top-ranked Midwest colleges which offer the best value related to the school’s academic quality. Dordt was the only Iowa college named to this list.

The “Great Schools, Great Prices” formula weighs the U.S. News ranking against the net cost of attendance for the average student. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost to attend, the better the deal.

The “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing states that 78 percent of Dordt students receive need-based grants, with an average 33 percent discount in their tuition expense in 2006.

“Top quality at a great price is a wonderful thing to be able to offer our students,” said Dordt’s president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra in response to the 2008 ranking. “We’re thrilled to be recognized as an institution that excels in offering a Christian education while keeping costs affordable for everyone.”

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, to help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.

“Consulting the U.S. News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals,” said U.S. News & World Report’s editor, Brian Kelly. “Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country.” The complete list of rankings is available online at or on newsstands in September.

Midwest Region Best Baccalaureate Colleges (only top 40)

1. Taylor University (IN)
2. Ohio Northern University (OH)
3 and 4 tied: Dordt College (IA) and Cedarville University (OH)
5. Augustana College (SD)
6. Marietta College (OH)
7. Huntington University (IN)
8. Northwestern College (IA)
9. Northwestern College (MN)
10. Milwaukee School of Engineering
11. College of the Ozarks (MO)
12 and 13 tied: Buena Vista University (IA) and Loras College (IA)
14. Manchester College (IN)
15. Carthage College (WI)
16 and 17 tied: Adrian College (MI) and Franklin College (IN)
18. McKendree College (IL)
19 and 20 tied: Concordia U. (NE) and St. Mary-of-the-Woods (IN)
21 and 22 tied: Bluffton University (OH) and Judson College (IL)
23. Wilmington College (OH)
24 and 25 tied: Bethel College (IN) and Mount Mercy College (IA)
26 and 27 tied: Greenville College (IL) and Morningside College (IA)
28, 29, 30: Eureka (IL), Trinity Christian (IL), Union College (NE)
31. Mt. Vernon Nazarene U. (OH)
32 and 33 tied: Grace Col. and Sem. (IN) and Quincy University (IL)
34 and 35 tied: St. Joseph’s College (IN) and Tri-State University (IN)
36. Marian College (IN)
37. Culver-Stockton College (MO)
38 and 39 tied: Briar Cliff University (IA) and Dakota State (SD)
40. 4-way tie: Concordia University (MI), Defiance College (OH), Tabor College (KS), University of Sioux Falls (SD)

Great Schools, Great Prices Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges

1. College of the Ozarks (MO)
2. Taylor University (IN)
3. Marietta College (OH)
4. Dordt College (IA)
5. Huntington University (IN)
6. Manchester College (IN)
7. Northwestern College (MN)
8. Franklin College (IN)
9. McKendree College (IL)
10. Adrian College (MI)

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