About Dordt

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HISTORY: Associated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt College was founded in 1955 and welcomes all students who are interested in a biblical, Christ-centered education.

OUR NAME: Dordt College takes its name from the historic Synod of Dordrecht, held in the Netherlands in 1618-1619. The Canons of Dort, one of the three major confessional statements of Reformed churches, came from that synod. The Canons of Dort were a response to statements made by the followers of Jacob Arminius, and emphasized the sovereignty of God through his electing grace.

LOCATION: Sioux Center, Iowa. Population 7,000. One hour's drive from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

ENROLLMENT: More than 1,400 students from more than 30 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 25 other foreign countries.

FACULTY: Dordt College has 80 full-time faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.

ACCREDITATION: Dordt College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a four-year bachelor-degree-granting institution. Our accreditation dates from 1971 with the most recent renewal in 2012 and next renewal visit is scheduled for 2022-23. In 1994 the college also gained approval from HLC to offer a graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree. Dordt College also has accredited programs in nursing, education, social work, and engineering.

ACADEMICS: The curriculum is designed to give each student a complete comprehensive education from a solid, Reformed, Christian perspective. There are more than 30 majors and 12 pre-professional programs of study. Degrees include the four-year bachelor of arts, bachelor of science in engineering and in nursing, and bachelor of social work degrees, along with the two-year associate of arts degree, and a master of education degree.

ACTIVITIES: Dozens of clubs and activities, from choir, band, and student government to drama, academic, and social clubs.

ATHLETICS: A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), Dordt College fields intercollegiate teams in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, indoor and outdoor track; and in women's basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, softball, indoor track, and volleyball. A variety of intramural sports are offered as well.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE: Approximately 85 percent of Dordt College students live in campus residence halls or on-campus apartments.

FINANCIAL AID: About 98 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment opportunities.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Dordt College requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.25 for regular admissions status. ACT or SAT results are also considered in the admissions process. Recommended preparation includes: English, 4 years; foreign language, 2 years; social science, 2 years; natural science, 2 years; mathematics, 3 years (including algebra and geometry).