Dordt College Named Top Iowa School

U.S. News & World Report Names Dordt Top School in Iowa

For the second year in a row, Dordt has been ranked the top Iowa college on the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. Dordt has also been ranked the second most innovative regional college in the Midwest. This is the 27th time Dordt has been ranked on the U.S. News & World Report survey.

“We are honored by this ranking,” says Howard Wilson, chief administrative officer at Dordt. “It is due to the dedicated work of our faculty and staff, who seek to provide a great education for our students.”

This year, Dordt was ranked sixth on the “2019 Regional Universities—Midwest” list. Last year, Dordt ranked in eighth place.  

For the “Most Innovative Schools” list, U.S. News & World Report asks college presidents, provosts, and admissions offices to nominate colleges that they believe “are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.” The list contains colleges that received the most nominations for being most innovative. 

“Our faculty continue to challenge our students with innovative curricular and co-curricular activities,” says Dr. Eric Forseth, provost of Dordt. “Dordt offers a vibrant spiritual culture, interactive classroom experiences, engaging internships, and mentorship opportunities.”

One of Dordt’s most innovative programs is the Pro-Tech program, which offers two-year degrees in manufacturing technology and agriculture operations. Pro-Tech offers students a hands-on education by combining internship experience with classroom activities.

Dordt has been named for the sixth time as an “A-plus School for B Students.” This list recognizes colleges where every student can thrive academically. At Dordt, mentorship and tutoring opportunities are available free to any student looking for extra help.

“At Dordt we want to train students better rather than simply training better students,” says Dr. Erik Hoekstra, president of Dordt. “We are really proud of the ‘A-Plus Schools for B Students’ ranking—we want to teach students to be effective kingdom citizens.”

Last week, Dordt was named number one in student engagement for the third consecutive year by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. The engagement category considers students’ engagement in learning and critical thinking, the likelihood that students will recommend the college to others, the number of subjects and accredited programs available, and the level of interaction that students have with faculty and other students while on campus.