Dordt College News

Dordt enrollment: more students, higher achievers

August 29, 2008

Dordt College began the academic year Aug. 27 with a third consecutive year of increasing enrollment and the largest student body in seven years.

Freshmen Class

The 2008-2009 opening day enrollment was 1,367 students, up 51 from last year’s opening day enrollment of 1,316 students. This figure does not include graduate level students in the Master of Education program, who do not participate in first semester courses.

The freshmen class of 405 students is the third largest since 1980, and the largest since 1999. This year’s incoming freshmen are also high achievers, says Quentin Van Essen, Director of Admissions at Dordt. “The average GPA for this year’s incoming freshmen is 3.5, with 24.6 ACT average score. These figures are the second highest in school history.”

The excellent enrollment is more good news for the college, after being ranked among the best and most affordable colleges on the 2009 America’s Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) rankings. On the Midwest Best list, Dordt placed sixth this year, marking the fifth year in the top 10, and the 16th year of being included among the best.

USN&WR also again named Dordt College on its “Great Schools, Great Prices” top 10 list, which is determined by comparing academic quality with average net cost of attendance.

“Dordt College is excited to be noted as one of the top colleges in the Midwest, as well as being one of the most affordable,” says Dordt’s president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra. “It’s our goal to make a Christian college experience available to anyone who desires a top quality, faith based, affordable education as they prepare to take their place in God’s world.”

This year’s student body is drawn nationally from over 30 states, as well as including 119 students from Canada, 40 students from 18 other countries.

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