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Princeton Review names Dordt College to Best in Midwest list

August 4, 2011

 "The Dordt College student body is “friendly,” “close-knit,” and “a cohesive group,” Dordt students tell The Princeton Review, a trusted source for many college-bound students. The vibrant community life is one of several reasons that Dordt College was named to the 2012 “Best Colleges in the Midwest” list by the Princeton Review.

Colleges were selected for this honor based on institutional data collected and on student comments. The survey rated academic excellence, financial aid, admissions selectivity, and quality of life/campus life using a scale of 60 to 99. Dordt College earned respectable ratings in all categories with 79 for academic excellence, 84 for financial aid, 82 for Admissions selectivity, and 73 for quality of life/campus life.

Anonymous student comments on The Princeton Review website describe Dordt students as Christians who are “church-going.” With approximately 85 percent of students living on campus, a vibrant campus life is a hallmark of the Dordt College experience. Many students are involved in variety of clubs including athletic, academic, cultural, and service-oriented clubs and participate in all-campus events.

At Dordt College, faculty work closely with students offering a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Upon graduation, students average just $21,200 in debt, lower than the national average and lower than many state universities.

The Princeton Review identifies colleges that “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.” Their selections include a large mix of colleges including large and small, public and private, highly selective and open-door admissions. The institutions they chose are, according to the website, “well worth considering, and many are great buys.”

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