Dordt College

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Dordt College is a liberal arts college in Sioux Center, Iowa. This private, Christian school was established in 1955 and is associated with the Christian Reformed Church. The school gets its name from the Synod of Dordt (Dordrecht), a national Synod held in Dordrecht in 1618.

Every year, about 1,500 students from over 30 states and 11 foreign countries attend Dordt. There are about 14 students for every professor. Every year since 1993, Dordt has been on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges and has made the top 10 list for Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region 6 times, tying for 3rd place in 2008.

Dordt College teaches its curriculum from a Reformed Christian perspective, based on the belief the Bible to be the word of God. Students can choose from about 110 programs of study which may culminate in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Master of Education degrees.

Dordt is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Its nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and its engineering program is accredited by ABET. Dordt’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Dordt offers a well-developed study abroad programs that allow students to study at 25 international locations around the world through its relationship with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Just a few of the study abroad locations available to Dordt students include Australia, China, France, Ghana, Hungary, Honduras, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

Roughly 98% of students at Dordt College receive some form of financial aid in the form of low-interest deferred payment loans, merit-based scholarships, grants, or work-study programs. Scholarships at Dordt are awarded based on academic performance and financial need. Due to the generosity of wealthy financial donors, Dordt is able to award nearly $20 million a year in financial aid.

General Information

Admission Office

498 Fourth Avenue, NE

Sioux Center, IA 51250

(712) 722-6080

(800) 343-6738

Fax: (712) 722-6035

Contact: Quentin Van Essen

Executive Director of Admissions
Main Address

498 Fourth Avenue, NE

Sioux Center, IA 51250

(712) 722-6000

Total undergrads: 1,363

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 396

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,314


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 87%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 75%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Business B
Animal Sciences B
Plant Sciences B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting/Business Management B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business – General A,B
Information Resources Management B
Marketing Management B
Office Clerical Services A

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General B
Graphic Communications B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Data Processing Technology A
Information Sciences/Systems B
Networking/LAN/WAN Management B
System Administration B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Assistance A


Agricultural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Dutch/Flemish B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Health Services – General B
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Reception A
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Missionary Studies B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Dordt College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(712) 722-6000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:498 4th Ave NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,522
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,420 (93% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$29,130
Out-of-state Tuition:$29,130
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$16,950

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Dordt College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences17
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services112
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies4
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2
Social Sciences2
Theology and Religious Vocations6
Visual and Performing Arts10
Grand total61022

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Grand total2

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Dordt College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,140

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid362100%
Grant or scholarship aid362100%$16,950
Student loan aid25370%$7,795

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,384100%$13,825
Federal student loans82960%$6,334

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants1,480865615
Percent admitted100%68%77%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%23%31%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Dordt College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,522
Undergraduate enrollment1,454
Graduate enrollment68

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Dordt College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

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