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Dordt Ranks High In U.S. News Listings

September 7, 2001

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa--Dordt College is among the top 20 Midwest Comprehensive Colleges, according to the U. S. News and World Report’s 2002 ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Dordt College ranks 18th among a field of 110 colleges throughout the Midwest.

This year, U.S. News changed the names of their ranking categories and recategorized approximately 200 schools. In addition, approximately 50 new schools were added to the rankings. Although Dordt College did not change categories, U. S. News did change the name of the category from “Regional Liberal Arts” to “Comprehensive Colleges—Bachelor’s.” Comprehensive colleges are institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs—in the liberal arts, and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education. The Comprehensive Colleges— Bachelor’s category is further subdivided by geographic area: North, South, Midwest, and West. The Midwest subdivision includes 110 colleges from 12 midwestern states.

The other three categories used by U. S. News have also changed. “National Universities” has become “National Universities—Doctoral.” “National Liberal Arts” has become “Liberal Arts Colleges—Bachelor’s.” And “Regional Universities” has become “Universities—Master’s.”

U.S. News uses seven indicators to capture academic quality of the colleges it ranks: academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.

Dordt College has consistently ranked high in the U. S. News listings. This is the ninth year that Dordt College has appeared in one or more of the U. S. News lists.

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