Campus Life

Located in peaceful Sioux Center, Dordt University plays a vital role in the rich community life of Northwest Iowa. Sioux Center is 45 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa, and 55 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Dordt's campus is a hub of exciting activities year round—so getting plugged in is easy.

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Home Sweet Dordt

From comfy dorms to modern classrooms, our historic campus has all the facilities you'd expect of a private university—and more. Check out this video tour or explore our campus map to see what makes Dordt a great place to study, work, and live.

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Get Involved (It's Easy)

You'll never be bored at Dordt. Student activities are an important part of our campus culture. Dordt Student Activities (DSA) is a group of students and staff who work to initiate, plan, organize, facilitate, and implement campus-wide activities throughout the entire academic year.

We offer dozens of clubs to help you find friends with common interests. Students who enjoy singing or playing an instrument are invited to join the campus praise and worship teams and bands. We want all students to enjoy their hobbies (or find new ones) and share their gifts while at Dordt.

Just don't forget to study. 😉

Dordt students on stage giving a musical performance

What Are You Into?

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Art is everywhere on Dordt's campus. It can be found outside—in sculptures like the Gift and the burning bush—and inside, in the Campus Center art gallery and in the galleries in the art department. Take an art class and you'll get to explore your creative side.

Check out our news to see which artist's work is being featured in the Campus Center art gallery right now.

Dordt offers students many opportunities to be involved. Students may choose from a variety of pre-professional, service-oriented, athletic, or activity clubs. Clubs are student-led and vary in their organization, mission, and personality. There's bound to be a club that fits you!

Current clubs include:

  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Ag Club ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • Architecture Club
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • Assistance Animal Club
  • Astronomy
  • Biology Club
  • College Republicans
  • College Democrats
  • Communication Club
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Cycling Club
  • Dangerous Men
  • D'Arte Club
  • DU Writing Club
  • Defender
  • Capital Management
  • Disk Golf Club
  • FLAME (Future Leaders and Missional Entrepreneurs)
  • Future Active Christian Teachers
  • Gaming Guild
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Improv Club
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Math Club
  • Men's Ministry
  • Persecuted Church/Voice of the Martyrs
  • Pep Band
  • PLIA (Putting Love Into Action)
  • Future Physicians Club
  • Pre-Health Professions Club
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club
  • Prison Ministries
  • Psychology Club
  • Round Net Club (Spikeball)
  • Rugby Club
  • Science and Faith Club
  • Social Work Club
  • Sport Management Club
  • Sunday Singing Club
  • Sustainability Committee
  • SWB (Students Without Borders) Club
  • Swing Dance Club
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Defender Clay Dusters (Trapshooting)
  • Wilderness Club
  • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)
  • Women's Ministry
  • Yoga Club

Concert Choir singing in their robes

With more than eight music ensembles on campus, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in music at Dordt. Our Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Choir tour extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Can't find the ensemble for you? Create your own small group or band with your peers.

Check out our events to see find out when upcoming choral and instrumental concerts are scheduled.

As a residential campus, Dordt students value the campus community experience. Dordt Student Activities coordinates student events that promote community growth and provide fun and creative activities for all students. DSA provides a variety of events and activities for students to participate in each month.

Some of the events that Dordt Student Activities has sponsored over the past year include:

  • Air Band
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Fall Fest
  • Christmas Party
  • Table Tennis Tournaments
  • Talent Extravaganza (TX)
  • NC/DC
  • Spring Formal
  • Rook Tournaments
  • Glow Skate

Dordt's theatre arts department produces plays and musicals in the fall and spring, performing them in the Te Paske Theatre and Dordt's black box Fourth Avenue Theatre. You can act, design costumes, do hair and makeup, build sets, work with lights and sound, stage manage, and more.

Check out our box office to see what play we are producing next and purchase tickets to productions.

A group of performers leading worship at chapel

Utilize your artistic gifts to serve our community in corporate worship. Joining a worship ensemble enables you to grow your musical gifts as we gather together to praise God. The production arts team works to create a beautiful aesthetic, drawing together audio, video, lighting, and stage design.

Find out more about the Sioux Center community!

See You On Campus

There's never a dull moment on our campus. Explore upcoming activities, sporting events, and news stories to stay plugged-in.

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Let's Connect

You probably have questions. (We hope so!) Contact one of our friendly Admissions Counselors to learn more about Dordt or request specific information. And remember, no question is a bad question.

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