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Dordt College makes U.S. News 2007 Best College list

For the 14th year running, Dordt College was named as a top Midwest College in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

This year Dordt College was number eleven in a listing of seventy-three comprehensive colleges awarded the “best” designation. The Comprehensive Colleges category consists of 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.

The president of Dordt College, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, noted two key factors that affected the ranking: a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and nearly half (forty-five percent) of alumni annually making a donation to the college. Because of these gifts Dordt is able to provide ninety-eight percent of students with financial aid.

“The alumni support received at Dordt College is a strong affirmation that our graduates were blessed by their years spent here. Their annual gifts to the college help to pass that blessing on to future generations,” said Zylstra.

U.S. News annually gathers data from each college for up to fifteen indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects their judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. Key factors include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.