Dordt's admissions office determines admission for all freshman students after the following items have been received:
- A completed Dordt application for admission
- A high school transcript for grades 9-11
- ACT, SAT, or CLT test results
Regular Admission Applicants
Regular admission applicants are normally granted regular admission status if their academic record demonstrates the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- A cumulative high school GPA of 2.25
- ACT or SAT I or CLT test score as follows:
The minimum ACT scores for acceptance are:
- English + Reading – 37
- Math – 18
- Composite – 19
The minimum SAT scores for acceptance are:
- Reading/Writing – 500
- Math – 500
- Composite – 1010
The minimum CLT scores for acceptance are:
- Verbal Reasoning + Grammar/Writing - 45
- Quantitative Reasoning - 16
- Composite – 64
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.Learn More
Admission with Special Provision Applicants
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.
Find out more information on specific admissions requirements by visiting one of the following pages.
AP Exam Credit Guide
Dordt University consults the American Council on Education's (ACE) recommendations for the minimum scores to receive college credit for AP courses examinations.
CLEP Credit Guide
Dordt uses the American Council on Education’s (ACE) recommendations for the minimum scores to receive college credit for CLEP examinations.
College Credit Transfer Guide
Check out our easy guides to find out what courses will transfer in to Dordt.
Most of the time, colleges require an ACT/SAT score and high school transcripts when submitting an application. However, we understand that circumstances come up and make taking standardized tests difficult, and we want to make this process a little easier for you.
Transfer Credit Policy
The courses and credits completed with a grade of C or better at other accredited institutions are transferable to Dordt University, as long as the accrediting agency is one of the regional or national accrediting agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education.