Fall enrollment is second largest in Dordt’s history

Dordt University’s enrollment for the fall 2019 semester is 1,547

Dordt University’s enrollment for the fall 2019 semester is 1,547, which is Dordt’s second largest enrollment in the institution’s history. This year, Dordt University has also welcomed the second largest freshmen class in 10 years.

“We are grateful to God for this year’s strong incoming class and celebrate the second largest enrollment in our history,” says Brandon Huisman, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Dordt. “The Lord continues to use Dordt University as an instrument to equip his children for kingdom service for his glory.”

New students come from 26 U.S. states and eight countries; 25 incoming Canadians hailing from five different provinces are enrolled this fall, the largest group of incoming Canadians since 2014.

“The admissions office hosted a record number of campus visitors from across the nation last year and, as a result, we enrolled our second largest freshmen class in the past decade this fall,” says Greg Van Dyke, director of admissions at Dordt. “When students and their parents visit campus, they experience the value of the education and faith formation that happens here at Dordt.”

With 60% of Dordt students coming from out of state, Dordt has also enrolled 91 freshmen who are Sioux County residents, the largest number in recent history.

Dordt University continues to be an innovative option for students looking for an engaging Christ-centered education. Dordt was recently named the second most innovative school in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Dordt number one in the nation for student engagement for the fourth consecutive year.

Dordt offers cutting-edge programs as well. This fall, Dordt welcomed nursing students to the new Carl and Gloria Zylstra Nursing Education Center; this space includes a skills lab and simulation labs that offer nursing students the ability to have a hands-on learning experience in a safe environment. Dordt’s engineering program has been ranked the best undergraduate-focused engineering program in Iowa according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Engineering Program” list. Dordt’s Pro-Tech program, offering hands-on two-year degrees in manufacturing technology and farm operations and management, is among the first in the nation to provide a skills-based education with a Christian worldview.

“It takes an entire campus to recruit a student,” says Huisman. “From the way our maintenance team maintains Dordt’s campus facilities, our faculty engage and equip students in the classroom, and our staff seek to fulfill the mission of the university, Dordt is committed to serving and sending the next generation for Christ.”

The best way to experience Dordt is through a campus visit. To schedule a campus visit, go to dordt.edu/visit.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more, visit dordt.edu.