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On may 13, we became dordt university

“We look forward to God’s continued faithfulness to Dordt University as we seek to be obedient to our calling to develop kingdom citizens to serve throughout the world,” says Brandon Huisman, vice president of enrollment and marketing at Dordt. “This is our next chapter as Dordt University.”

Press Release

Dordt's Mission Statement

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt equips students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. 

Mission & Vision

Key Reasoning

Mission Fit

Since 1955, Dordt has continued to add and deepen academic and co-curricular programs that, as our mission says, “equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.” Dordt now looks and acts more like a university than a college; we prioritize excellence in teaching, robust scholarship, and a greater variety of opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate. As a university, Dordt will remain committed to the mission and to the Reformed Christian perspective while courageously following God’s leading.

Academic Excellence

In the past 10 years, Dordt has expanded our academic offerings to include online studies, graduate programs, and professional-technical associate degrees. We have elevated research opportunities for faculty and students; agencies such as the National Science Foundation have awarded our faculty more than $6.5 million in external grants. By becoming Dordt University, we signal that we offer the breadth and quality of academic programs that you expect to find at a university.

With plans to add a master of public administration program in 2019, Dordt continues to develop graduate programs. When potential graduate students search for universities, they look for “university,” not “college.” As Dordt University, our graduate programs will be more welcoming and accessible for students as they search.

Global Footprint

Dordt alumni live our mission all over the world, and our students come from over 26 countries. Dordt’s footprint is already a global one; Dordt University more accurately reflects our diversity as an institution.

In many countries, the word “college” refers to “high school.” By becoming Dordt University, we will remove this barrier for international students as well as for Dordt graduates who serve Christ around the world.

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Press Release