Dordt College News

More good news for Dordt College

August 29, 2007

On the heels of a top three ranking by U.S. News and World Report’s college guide, Dordt College was brimming with more good news on the opening day of the 2007-08 year: the largest freshman class in eight years; overall student enrollment up; and an extraordinarily high retention rate.

Dordt College began the academic year Aug. 29 with 1,316 undergraduate students, up from 1,268 on opening day last year. Within that number, freshman enrollment increased by 49 over the previous year. In addition, the college enrolls 64 graduate students in its Master of Education program.

For the first time in Registrar Jim Bos’ memory, the college has more male than female students (662 men, 654 women). Bos credits the jump in male enrollment to a number of factors, which include the new football program, the growth in size and reputation of the engineering program, and the continued gradual expansion of programs offered, including biotechnology and criminal justice in recent years.

Dordt College has traditionally had a high returning student rate (retention rate) and this year is no exception. Nine out of ten of last year’s freshmen (89 percent) are back for their sophomore year, an extraordinarily high percentage compared with other similar colleges.

“When we see that degree of satisfaction, it’s a confirmation that student expectations are being met and that our college is providing the Christian insight, academic quality, and campus atmosphere that increasing numbers of students are looking for in a college,” said President Carl E. Zylstra.

This year’s student body comes to Dordt’s campus from 32 states, six Canadian provinces, and includes 27 students from 12 foreign countries. In addition to 392 incoming freshmen, 50 upper-class students transferred to or restarted classes at Dordt College this fall.

This year Dordt College was tied for third place among approximately 100 Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region by U.S. News & World Report. Topping the list were universities in Indiana and Ohio.

Dordt College was also the only Iowa College named to U.S. News and World Report’s Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, in which the average tuition paid is weighed against a school’s academic quality to determine the best college value. Dordt also made the top 10 list in this category, ranking fourth.

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