Transfer to Dordt

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At Dordt University, faith is at the core of everything we do. It is woven into our classes, campus life, and co-curricular activities. At Dordt you will be known, you won't be just a number. Our faculty and staff invest in our students, encouraging them to succeed. That's why we've been ranked #1 in Student Engagement for five years in a row by The Wall Street Journal!

Does this sound like a campus you want to be a part of? We'd love to help answer any questions you have about the transfer process.

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Application Process

  1. First, we need you to apply. P.S. It's free to apply!
  2. Second, we need you to submit both high school and college transcripts.
  3. Third, have your ACT or SAT scores sent to Dordt.
  4. Finally, if you've filled out a FAFSA already—just add our code (001859)! If not, fill out a FAFSA. We also need you to fill out our Supplemental Data Form (SDF). This helps us ensure you are getting the financial assistance you need.

Want more details on each of the steps above? We break it down further here.

Campus visit

We believe it is very important for every student, whether a transfer student or incoming freshman, to attend either a virtual or in-person visit. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our vibrant campus life, meet with professors, and experience Defender Nation.

We also offer travel reimbursement—so make sure to check that out!


Meet some Dordt Transfer Students

Want to hear from others who have transferred to Dordt? Check out their stories.

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to apply to dordt?

Our application is free! Apply today at

Can I receive financial aid as a transfer student?
Yes, you are eligible for academic, athletic, music, theatre, journalism, and honors program scholarships. Some scholarships such as academic ones, are awarded based on your GPA and ACT/SAT score. Others, such as music or theatre, need to be applied for. Learn more about the scholarships you can earn as a transfer student.
Is there transfer student orientation?

Yes, we offer a transfer student orientation in both the fall and spring semester. It typically takes place the day before classes start. For specific dates, check out the academic calendar.

Do I have to live on campus?

Dordt is predominantly a residential campus with 90.2% of our undergraduates living on campus. We believe that students learn and grown in unique ways as they live together as part of a residential community of Christians. All full-time unmarried students who are not 22 years of age, are required to live in Dordt housing unless they live at home with a parent or guardian. Check out our residence halls and apartments.

Do I have to declare a major when I transfer?

No, you do not. If you are undecided on your program of study, we have people here who can help you find the track best for you. With departments like our Career Development Center, who assist students in vocational and career development, and faculty who invest in helping you find the right program, we are here to help.

Can transfer students participate in the honors program?

Yes, they can. It is called the Kuyper Honors Program. You will need to apply to it. To apply as a transfer, you need at least one semester of full-time college experience, and typically no more than four semesters. You must have a minimum college level GPA of 3.25. You also are required to submit two letters of recommendation from college faculty and an entrance essay. Learn more about the program and application process here.

How can I see what classes I will have to take for my major?

If you want to dive into detail on what classes will be required for a specific major, check out our course catalog. You can see the requirements for both majors and minors. It also lists current study abroad opportunities, and other helpful information.

What is Dordt's Core Program?

The Core Program is a set of requirements that all students must take to graduate, and lies at the heart of a Dordt education. It is based off of four coordinates: Religious Orientation, Creational Structure, Creational Development, and Contemporary Response. The program helps students understand what it means to have a Reformed worldview in every area of life.

Our aim is to weave experiences and classroom learning, curricular and co-curricular activities, core courses, and major courses into a seamless whole. Such an education, rooted in a commitment to Christ, can lead to a rich life of effective Christian discipleship. Learn more about the Core Program.

Can I transfer nursing classes?

We work with transfer students on a case-by-case basis. You will work with both your admissions counselor, the registrar, and the nursing department. Learn more about transferring as a nursing student.