Dordt College News

Dordt College Ranks High in U. S. News Listings

August 22, 2003

Dordt College is among the top 15 Midwest Comprehensive Colleges, according to the U. S. News and World Report’s 2004 ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Dordt College ranks 13th among a field of 109 colleges throughout the Midwest. Last year, Dordt College ranked 18th out of 110 colleges. The significant improvement in rank can be attributed in part to a change in the methodology used by U.S. News and World Report to collect and interpret the data used in its rankings. However, the change also represents significant progress on the part of Dordt College to enhance the academic experience of its students by lowering average class sizes, ensuring that its first year students acclimate well to a college environment, and maintaining a student/faculty ratio of 15/1. Other factors that can be attributed to Dordt College’s high ranking include the fact that the college continues to be viewed favorably by its peer institutions and has an alumni giving rate that is at least eight percent higher than any other Midwest comprehensive college.

“Our new ranking of 13th out of 109 Midwest comprehensive colleges,” says Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, “is a significant confirmation of Dordt College’s ability to provide for our students a sound academic experience that is nationally recognized for its excellence. We have always known Dordt College to be a school of excellence, but we are also pleased when others outside of our immediate constituency recognize the excellence of a Dordt College education as well.”

Dordt College has consistently ranked high in the U. S. News and World Report listings. This is the 11th year that Dordt College has appeared in one or more of the U. S. News lists. The ranking places Dordt College in the top tier of schools ranked by the report. The report arranges schools in a series of four tiers. It uses seven indicators to capture the academic quality of the colleges it ranks: academic reputation among peers, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving. The Comprehensive Colleges category, of which Dordt College is a part, includes institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in both the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.

Dordt College, a Christian college located in Sioux Center, Iowa, enrolls approximately 1,300 students in over 50 programs of study leading to associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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