Apr 8, 2024

Dordt class of 2023 achieves remarkable career success

With 99.4% of graduates either employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation, the class of 2023 graduates have secured positions at prestigious organizations worldwide, and the average starting salary has increased compared to last year.

Within six months of graduation, an impressive 99.4% of the Dordt University class of 2023 were either employed or pursuing further education, as reported by Dordt’s Career Development.

“This data point, known as the career outcomes rate, tells us that Dordt graduates are well-prepared for the careers of their choosing,” explains Amy Westra, director of career development.

Dordt's 2023 graduates have secured positions at organizations such as Caterpillar, Johns Hopkins University, the Molecular Genetics Lab at Mayo Clinic, and BDO Canada. Others have chosen to pursue graduate programs at universities including Purdue University, Eastern Washington University, Oxford Brookes University, and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Notably, the 2023 graduates now reside in 23 different states and five countries, which is a testament to Dordt’s global impact.

Westra points to an encouraging trend among the class of 2023: an increase in starting salaries compared to the previous year. The average salary for the class of 2023 stands at $49,126, marking a $1,207 rise from the class of 2022. Majors with the highest reported earnings for the class of 2023 include data science, engineering, engineering technology, agriculture, and accounting.

Furthermore, more graduates from the class of 2023 opted to pursue advanced degrees, with 15% choosing to attend graduate school—a 2.6% increase from the previous year.

Reflecting on Dordt’s exceptional career outcomes rate, Westra says, “Dordt delivers on our promise to ‘equip students to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.’” She finds great joy in witnessing Dordt students embark on their professional journeys post-college.

“Dordt graduates understand that all aspects of their lives belong to God, including their work,” she adds. “This distinct perspective shapes their interactions with colleagues, leaders, clients, and patients, sparking curiosity and admiration—a true hallmark of the Dordt experience.”

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. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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