About Dordt

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


Dordt 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.


Sioux Center, Iowa. Population around 7,500. One hour's drive from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Dordt 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 the next renewal visit scheduled for 2022-23. In 1994, Dordt also gained approval from HLC to offer a graduate program, leading to the Master of Education degree. Dordt also has accredited programs in nursing, education, social work, and engineering.


Approximately 90 percent of Dordt students live in campus residence halls or in on-campus apartments.


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


Dordt University is part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, whose purpose is to advance faith and intellect for the common good.



The curriculum is designed to give each student a complete comprehensive education from a solid Reformed, Christian perspective. There are more than 40 majors and 12 pre-professional programs of study. Degrees include two-year associate of arts and associate of science, four-year bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, bachelor of science in engineering and in nursing, a master of education, a master of social work, and a master of public administration degree.


More than 1,500 students from 40 states, six Canadian provinces, and 34 other countries.


Dordt has over 100 full-time faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1.


Dordt 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).


More than 98 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment opportunities.


A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), Dordt 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. Cheer is now offered as a co-ed sport. Club sport offerings include men's ice hockey and trapshooting.  Junior varsity schedules are played in volleyball, football, women's and men's basketball, baseball, and softball. A variety of intramural sports are offered as well.