Dordt College News

Dordt College ranks high on U.S. News & World Reportís list of best colleges, strong commitment to teaching, and best value

August 17, 2010

Dordt College has received the highest rankings of any college in Iowa on several lists in the U.S. News and World Report’s (USN&WR) 2011 America’s Best Colleges rankings.

Dordt is ranked third on the 2011 list of Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest, marking the 19th year in a row Dordt has been on the list and the seventh time the college has placed in the top ten. Last year, Dordt was fourth.

“As a Christian college, we are committed to excellence in every respect, and we are glad the rankings once again reflect that attainment,” said Dordt College President Carl E. Zylstra. “We are especially pleased that our peers have recognized us for outstanding undergraduate education.”

For the first time, Dordt was named to the “A Strong Commitment to Teaching” list, ranking second among regional colleges. Only two regional colleges out of 319 nationwide were recognized for this distinction, Dordt College and Taylor University.

Dordt also was named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list for the fourth consecutive year, earning seventh place among Midwest regional colleges. For this ranking, USN&WR compares academic quality to the cost of attendance. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” according to USN&WR. Dordt was the only Iowa college to earn a spot on this list in the Midwest regional colleges category.

Dordt was one of ten Midwest regional colleges named to the list “A-plus Schools for B Students,” a category that recognizes high-achieving colleges where “nonsuperstars” can thrive and succeed.

The Midwest Regional Colleges category includes 95 schools in twelve states, from Kansas to Ohio, that focus on undergraduate education in liberal arts and professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. The colleges are ranked on such factors as freshmen retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios, and alumni giving rates.

Dordt College offers a quality Christian college education to more than 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 13 foreign countries in 90 programs of study. To learn more about Dordt College, visit or call 1-800-343-6738.

The 2011 America’s Best Colleges special issue is available on newsstands August 24. All ranking information is available on the USN&WR website at, where copies of the Best Colleges guidebook may also be purchased.

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