Students Say

Dordt College in the "great utopia that is northwest Iowa" is a small, private liberal arts school affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church (a Dutch Protestant denomination). Dordt offers a "Christ-centered perspective" and "a distinctly Christian education." A respectable array of majors and pre-professional offerings includes "strong business, education, and engineering programs." Some courses here are demanding; others, not so much. "I've been challenged well in about half to two-thirds of my classes," speculates a theology major. Tough or not, classes are almost always intimate. "The professors have an opportunity to get to know the students," explains a biology major.

Overview

Applicants
1,356
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 610
SAT Math
500 - 630
ACT Composite
21 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Students Say

Dordt College in the "great utopia that is northwest Iowa" is a small, private liberal arts school affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church (a Dutch Protestant denomination). Dordt offers a "Christ-centered perspective" and "a distinctly Christian education." A respectable array of majors and pre-professional offerings includes "strong business, education, and engineering programs." Some courses here are demanding; others, not so much. "I've been challenged well in about half to two-thirds of my classes," speculates a theology major. Tough or not, classes are almost always intimate. "The professors have an opportunity to get to know the students," explains a biology major. "It's impossible to fall through the cracks." While some professors are "very uncomfortable in front of a class," most are "highly personable" teachers who "make attempts to stray from the banal lecture-type classes." The predominant sentiment is that management is "out of touch." "We're lucky if we hear from the administration," grouses an art major. On the plus side, students report that Dordt "goes above and beyond what most colleges do when it comes to finding you an internship or a job after graduation."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
176
with Terminal Degree
67

117
Men
59
Women
2
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,543

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,800

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,336

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,610

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,925

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,100
Required Fees
$440
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$910

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,860

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

There is a lot of Dutch heritage that is associated with this college. More often than not, students are of "Dutch descent," "resulting in little diversity." It's mostly a "tall and blond" crowd "from the Midwest." Students describe themselves as "friendly," "fairly motivated," "decently smart," "conservative," and athletic. Many "attended private high schools." "There are a lot of Christians here, mainly because it is a Christian school." Most are "church-going." Some are "over-spiritual." "You have your major groups like jocks, geeks, and theater people" but it's still a "close-knit," "cohesive group." "There is a general same mindedness." "There's no drama." Atypical students do exist, and they are "more or less accepted by other atypical students." "I don't see an overabundance of them," observes a sophomore.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,376
Out of State
57%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

46% female
54% male
57% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students complain that the dorms and student apartments "need upgrades." Otherwise, they are pretty happy. "Life at Dordt is pretty laid-back." It's "a nice Christian atmosphere in a rural setting." "There are a lot of different ways to get involved on campus," says a junior, "especially because it's a smaller school." Many students are "very active in clubs and the community." Spiritual life is "vibrant." "Praise and Worship" services on Wednesday nights are well attended. "Sports and outdoor activities are popular." The formidable club hockey team receives considerable support. Bowling, card games, and ice skating are customary pastimes. Students also "watch a lot of movies." "The College itself provides a decent amount of entertainment" including mock game shows, dances, and talent shows. "Sometimes people get creative and pull pranks, but they are rarely damaging, except to people's pride." "The closest big city" is about 60 miles away, and the "simple" surrounding hamlet that is Sioux Center offers little in the way of excitement. "A lot of people go to the local bar on Saturday nights," but "there is no pressure to drink or things like that." "I love the natural beauty of the area, even though it smells like manure almost every night in the fall," relates one student. "That's Iowa."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Defenders)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Defenders)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
200

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ruth Hofland
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
498 Fourth Avenue, Northeast
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Phone
712-722-6080


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Recreation Center and De Witt Gymnasium
B.J. Haan Auditorium
Kuyper Apartments
55th Ave Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sioux Center Centre Mall
Sioux Falls Sioux Empire Mall
Sandy Hollow Recreation and Camping
All Seasons Center
Downtown Theatre
All Seasons Center provides indoor and outdoor aquatic recreation and an ice arena

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:00-5:00
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
8:00-5:00

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Sioux Falls and Sioux City airports are one hour from campus. College will provide transportation to and from airports with prior notification. Rental cars available at regional airports as well as Sioux Rental in Sioux Center.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Sioux Center is situtated on Highway 75, 45 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa and 55 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The college entrance is five blocks east of Highway 75 on 7th street.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express (712-722-3500) Econo Lodge motel (712-722-4000) Prairie Rose Inn (712-722-3420). On campus housing may also be available depending on availability.