Dordt College News

Dordt College enrollment tops 1,400

September 1, 2011

Enrollment at Dordt College is up again this year and is the highest it has been in more than a decade, thanks to a large incoming class and high retention rates for upperclassmen.

“Of course I came back to Dordt!” said Ellie Dykstra, a graphic design major from Bozeman, Montana, who transferred here from Montana State University last year. “I was really drawn by the nice facilities, and also the chance to work with real businesses and clients. I like my roommates and everything about it here – it’s a great college!”

Ellie is one of 1,414 students enrolled for classes at Dordt College this fall, of whom 447 students are new – a number that includes freshman, part-timers, transfers, graduate students enrolled in Dordt’s Master of Education program, and high school students taking college classes.

About 80% of last year’s freshmen returned to campus this year to continue their education, compared to an average rate around 70% or less for freshman/sophomore retention for all Iowa colleges. Dordt College also has an unusually high percentage of children of alumni enrolled – 35% of incoming students have at least one parent who is a Dordt alum.

“We view this as a vote of confidence given to Dordt College by those who know us best, our supporters and students,” said Dordt College President Dr. Carl E. Zylstra. “We are grateful for those who recognize the quality and conviction of this academic community and have given of themselves to support us – and their children – in it.”

Among incoming students, the most popular majors are engineering, agriculture, education, and business administration. About 35% of incoming students are from Iowa, but more than half come from 500 miles away or further. International students make up about 10% of the student body and represent 17 foreign countries. The top five states represented are Iowa, Minnesota, California, Washington, and Michigan.

Bucking the trend at many colleges where women outnumber men, Dordt’s student body is 52.8% men and 47.2% women.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, provides an excellent, comprehensive Christian education in the Reformed tradition and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Dordt has been named to best colleges lists by the Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, and this year, and was named 3rd on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

[PHOTO: Ellie Dykstra dove into the academic year with a trip down the campus-wide slip-n-slide on Friday, August 26. Check out the full online album from the event]

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