Academic Excellence

Awards of Distinction

  • Wall Street Journal. The WSJ ranked Dordt No. 1 in the nation for student engagement three years in a row. Student engagement is a measure of how informed, inspired, and challenged our students are.

  • U.S. News and World Report. Dordt is consistently ranked on the Best Regional Colleges list and has been ranked the top Iowa school.

  • Money Magazine. Dordt was named to the list of Best Colleges for Your Money. The ranking highlights an institution's value and affordability.  

  • Dordt is named one of America’s Best Colleges. Dordt is recognized for providing a quality education at an affordable price.

  • Princeton Review. Dordt is on its Best Colleges in the Midwest list, citing the Dordt’s vibrant community life with a student body that is “friendly,” “close-knit,” and “a cohesive group.”

  • Washington Monthly. Dordt was called a Best Bang for the Buck school and was listed among the top baccalaureate colleges in the country

Other rankings

  • Business Insider
  • Faith on View 


  • The College Finder

  • G.I. Jobs magazine

  • Affordable Colleges Online

Stellar Outcomes

  • Dordt offers many programs that are unusual for a private comprehensive college of its size. Dordt is among a small handful of institutions offering both agriculture and engineering programs. Dordt has accredited programs in education, engineering, nursing, and social work.

  • Dordt engineering and nursing graduates have earned stellar pass rates on their professional licensing exams, exceeding national averages and, on the engineering test, surpassing results from the nation’s most prestigious engineering schools.

  • Nine out of 10 pre-medical students, after graduating from Dordt, are accepted into medical school as compared with one in three applicants nationally. And our alumni regularly report that they’ve felt very well prepared for graduate school.

  • A long-standing cross cultural requirement means that the world is our classroom. Many students take advantage of the opportunity to participate in off-campus programs or to learn in another cultural context. We maintain academic relationships with institutions in Korea, the Netherlands, and Zambia.