Mar 10, 2022

Dordt Announces 100% Career Outcome Rate

Dordt University's class of 2021 presents a 100% career outcome rate

100 percent of Dordt University’s class of 2021 were employed or were accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation. This statistic is based off a knowledge rate of 98 percent, which means that there were only six students from the entire graduating class that Career Development was unable to connect with following commencement.

“We are so pleased with the outcomes for our graduates,” says Amy Westra, associate director of career development. “This data shows the hard work and dedication of Dordt students and also the value of a Dordt education.”

Dordt’s mission is to equip students to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all areas of contemporary life—which includes the workplace. This means sending out students who serve well, no matter what their area of expertise.

Chloe Hansum (’21) serves as a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Sierra and Cascades Mountain division, which is based in Sacramento, California. Hansum finds that most days she can relate her work back to something she learned in her classes at Dordt.

“Creation care is an essential part of Christianity,” says Hansum. “My job is a way that I can love my neighbors—my non-human neighbors, to be exact.”

She credits Dordt’s faculty for making a big impact on her journey.

“I would not be where I am today without the professors at Dordt. From answering my many questions on class material, to chatting about Christianity; to talking about the cultural context of Sioux County and the United States as a whole, the professors always took the time to not only invest in my education but also invest in me as a person.”

Alicyn Gerhardt (’21), who now studies law at Southern Illinois University School of Law, is grateful for her Dordt education.

“Transitioning from undergraduate coursework to a fast-paced and highly competitive environment seemed overwhelming at first, but my academics at Dordt prepared me well for the skills I would need to succeed in legal writing and researching, enabling me to quickly excel to the top of my class,” shares Gerhardt.

Gerhardt found that professors in both the agriculture and business departments pushed her to succeed.

“Coming from a small, Christian university and entering law school, I quickly realized I had gained many unique experiences, unlike many of my new peers,” says Gerhardt. “Dordt connected me to friends, students, and professors with experiences all over the nation, as well as internationally; provided many activities and clubs for me to become involved in; and gave me a well-rounded experience both academically and spiritually. Being in a close-knit community where it was easy to get involved helped make my law school application stand out more.”

Consistently high career outcomes are a testament to the collaborative and supportive environment at Dordt, says Westra.

“Everyone at Dordt wants to see our students grow into the men and women they are designed to be. The whole campus truly envelops our students and everyone - from faculty to coaches to on-campus work supervisors, support staff, and alumni – pulls together to help our students reach their goals.”

About Dordt University

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,, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more, visit

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