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 1,300 students from over 30 states and 11 foreign countries attend Dordt. There are about 15 students per 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 90 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 allows 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 wealthly 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

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