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Dordt College Ranks High in U. S. News Listings

Dordt College is among the top fifteen Midwest Comprehensive Colleges, according to the U. S. News and World Report's 2004 ranking of "America's Best Colleges." Dordt College ranks thirteenth among a field of 109 colleges throughout the Midwest, moving up from the eighteenth spot last year.

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The higher ranking can be attributed in part to a change in the used U.S. News and World Report collected and interpreted the data it gathered for its rankings. However, the change also reflects the fact that the college is lowering average class sizes, ensuring that it's 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, appearing eleven times on 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.