Admissions Requirements

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Dordt seeks applicants who want to attend a Christian university and who have demonstrated the desire to learn. All students exhibiting these characteristics will be considered for admission. Previous academic experience is a large, but not the only, factor in evaluating applications.

The executive director of admissions determines admission for all freshman students after the following items have been received:

  1. A completed Dordt application for admission
  2. A final high school transcript
  3. ACT, SAT, or CLT test results

Regular Admission Applicants are normally granted regular admission status if their academic record demonstrates the following:

  1. A minimum of 17 units of high school credit. A subject pursued for one school year of 36 weeks with five class periods per week is considered one unit. At least 10 units must be from the subjects listed under the “recommended high school program” on page 10 of the catalog.
  2. A college-preparatory course of study with a minimum of three years of English, a minimum of two years of mathematics (algebra and/or geometry), and two years of a foreign language in a single language with grades no lower than a C in the second year. International and English as a Second Language (ESL) students meet this requirement if they receive a passing score on the Entrance Interview.
  3. A cumulative high school GPA of 2.25
  4. 4. ACT or SAT I or CLT test score as follows:

    English + Reading - 37 
    Math – 18
    Composite – 19

      SAT I: Two-Part Test
      Reading/Writing – 500
      Math – 500
      Composite – 1010

      Verbal Reasoning + Grammar/Writing - 45
      Quantitative Reasoning - 16
      Composite – 64

Test-Optional Admission—Applicants who are enrolled in an accredited public or private high school within the United States or Canada, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher will be able to apply without a test score. Homeschooled and International students will still be required to submit a test score (ACT, SAT, CLT, and/or TOEFL). Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 3.19 or lower and no ACT/SAT/CLT score may still apply for admission but will be required to follow the Admission with Special Provision requirements.

Applicants who are admitted through the Test-Optional policy and never provide an ACT/SAT/CLT score will be required to take an additional assessment in the summer before their first year at Dordt. The additional assessment will be used to provide appropriate academic support in order to serve the applicant well.


Admission with Special Provision Applicants with incomplete admissions records or applicants with high school records or test scores that do not meet all regular admission standards may be granted admission with special provision.

All students admitted who have not had at least two years of high school foreign language in a single language will be required to study a foreign language at the 100-level at Dordt. Students admitted who do not meet the specified score on the ACT, SAT, CLT, or assessment tests will be required to take additional preparatory courses either during the summer prior to the freshman year or during freshman year.

Students who are admitted with a high school GPA below 2.25 or a composite ACT score below 19 (SAT combined score below 1010/CLT combined score below 65) or a low assessment score may be admitted to Dordt through the Aspire Program.

Applicants being considered for admission with composite scores below our standard for regular admission or a cumulative GPA below the Test-Optional standards may be required to write an essay for the Provisional Admissions Committee.

Other background deficiencies, not specifically listed here, will be handled on a case-by-case basis.