Dordt College News

Washington Monthly lists Dordt in Top 30

August 29, 2011

Dordt College has been listed among the top 30 baccalaureate colleges in the country by Washington Monthly. The magazine publishes four Top 30 lists, ranking national universities, liberal arts colleges, master’s universities, and baccalaureate colleges. The rankings are based on the magazine’s measure of alumni social mobility and each institution’s commitment to research and service.

Dordt College Campus Pastor Aaron Baart explains that service to the community is a hallmark of a Dordt education. “Students find ways to make service a pattern for their entire lives, not just while they are students,” he says. “In fact, some students change their entire career trajectories when they realize, ‘I can use this gift that I have not for self-service, but I can use this same skill and be a culture maker, a difference maker somewhere.’”

The rankings provide “a measure of not just what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” according to the Washington Monthly website.

Among the factors the magazine uses for evaluation include the number of students receiving Pell Grants, number of dollars spent on research, number of students who go on to earn a Ph.D., number of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps, and the number of students and staff engaging in community service opportunities. Campus participation in community service is measured based on data collected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Dordt College was recently listed to the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by CNCS.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college in the Reformed tradition. U.S. News & World Report,, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,350 students annually.

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