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Dordt College named among ‘Best in the Midwest’

July 30, 2008

Princeton Review: A Best Midwestern College

Dordt College was named among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by this year’s Princeton Review. This education services company selected Dordt College as one of 159 recommended institutions in its “Best in the Midwest” section in the 2009 Best Colleges Guide. Only about 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities are named on the best list rankings each year.

In “Dordt Students Say” (drawn from surveys  completed by Dordt students), one student is quoted as saying, “Dordt provides an education which enables us to prepare for and discern our calling in God’s world and also provides optimal opportunities to build Christ-centered relationships. That’s what Dordt is all about.”

“Strong academics,” especially in the sciences were noted, and students said the premedical program “is widely respected,” and the pre-veterinarian program “has a great reputation.” One student noted that Dordt is “one of the few Christian Colleges with an ABET accredited engineering program.” High marks were given to the business department, and the “very solid theology and psychology programs.”

Undergrads report that “It’s obvious that the faculty and staff on campus really care about students. While we might not always agree on everything, I think the faculty and administration all put forth a lot of effort to make Dordt the best it can be.” Dordt professors “expect you to put forth quality academic effort. You’re not just here to earn a degree; you’re here to truly learn.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Vice-President of Publishing said, “We commend all of the schools we named this year as our regional best colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey. Finally, we work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale.”

The 159 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s “Best in the Midwest” designations are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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