Dordt College News

Dordt Maintains Steady Enrollment

September 5, 2001

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa; September 3, 2001—Dordt College begins the new academic year with 383 new freshmen. Total enrollment for summer and fall sessions includes 1406 undergraduates and 116 graduates for a total of 1522 students. Early reports indicate that the 2001-02 student body comes from 37 states, 6 Canadian provinces and 18 foreign countries.

Dordt College continues to see a significant increase in graduate enrollment. The number of students taking a course for graduate credit jumped from 48 last year to 62 this year. Dr. Kevin Eames, the new Director of Graduate Education says, “I am encouraged by the strong enrollment figures for the graduate program. The numbers indicate a confidence in a graduate program that has been academically strong in the past, and I am certain will continue into the future.”

Undergraduate students show a strong tendency to return. The effective retention rate is 81 per cent, a high percentage when compared with colleges similar to Dordt. The number of students transferring to Dordt from other colleges remains steady at 44.

The strength of the retention, transfer and graduate enrollments has helped offset lower undergraduate enrollments this year. President Carl E. Zylstra notes that the decrease in undergraduate students has been anticipated. He adds, “Dordt College has made significant strides in offsetting this trend by developing our graduate program and other summer undergraduate programs.”

Last year Dordt College enrolled 72 summer graduate, 6 fall graduate and 1420 fall undergraduate students, for a total of 1498 students. This year, Dordt enrolled 116 summer graduate, 3 summer undergraduate and 1403 fall undergraduate students, for a total of 1522 students.

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