Dordt College News

Dordt enrollment up 50 from last year

August 30, 2010

The fall semester at Dordt College brought 449 new students to campus, increasing total student body enrollment to 1,371, the highest in about a decade.

The boost in enrollment was derived from more incoming freshmen; additional transfer students who came to Dordt after attending other colleges; and a higher than average return rate of students previously enrolled.

“There were not dramatic increases in any one area but with solid increases in each, our total increase is gratifying,” said Jim Bos, registrar for Dordt College.

This year, Dordt has 400 freshmen students (under the academic criteria classifying students with 24 or fewer college credits as freshmen). Bos noted there are 89 students from Canada, 13 from South Korea, and at least one from each of 15 other countries. He also noted that Dordt has the highest percentage of male students on campus (57 percent) since he became registrar in 1997.

“This increase in enrollment, in the middle of the economic uncertainties of the present time, is a much appreciated vote of confidence in the quality and value of Dordt College's Christ-centered approach to higher education,” said Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College. “While we are always appreciative of our top flight rating in the U.S. News and Forbes rankings, what we are most gratified by is the confidence placed in us by our new and returning students.”

Dordt College was ranked third among 95 schools in the 12-state Midwest region on U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 America’s Best Regional Colleges rankings. Dordt was also one of only two colleges recognized for “A Strong Commitment to Teaching” by USN&WR and was also named on their top 10 list of “A-plus Schools for B Students,” a category that recognizes high-achieving colleges where “nonsuperstars” can thrive and succeed. USN&WR compared academic quality to the cost of tuition at Dordt and for four consecutive years has named it on their “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.

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