Dordt College News

Dordt College welcomes new students, programs, facilities

September 10, 2012

Enrollment at Dordt College remains strong this year, with 1,391 new and returning students settling into their studies for the fall semester.

“We’re pleased that so many students have chosen to further their education at Dordt College,” said Dordt College President Dr. Erik Hoekstra. “We know that God is at work on our campus and is blessing our efforts to provide a high-quality, Christ-centered education. We look forward to a wonderful academic year together.”

This year’s student body is comprised of students from seven Canadian provinces, 18 foreign countries, and 37 U.S. states. States with the largest number of enrolled students are Iowa, California, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, and Michigan.

“In addition to 381 incoming freshmen, we are encouraged by the 62 transfer students joining our campus,” said Executive Director of Admissions Quentin Van Essen. Enrollment numbers include new students, transfers, returning students, part-timers, and graduate students enrolled in Dordt’s Master of Education program. The number does not include high school students taking college classes or the 140 preschool students at Dordt’s Stepping Stones Preschool.

Bucking the trend at many colleges where women outnumber men, Dordt’s student body is 52.8% men and 47.2% women.

This year’s students are also enjoying some changes to campus, including a worship arts room in the Campus Center and a redesigned Teaching Resource Center in the library.

Last fall, the college added a worship arts minor, but students involved in the college’s worship events didn’t have a good practice area. Thanks to a generous donor, the college was able to create a space where students have the room they need to practice music and learn, using high-end industry-standard sound equipment and instruments.

“The space is divided into two areas. One is set up for music practice, and the other is designed for dialogue, planning, referencing, and teaching,” said Jon De Groot, campus ministries coordinator. “It is interactive, attractive, and incredibly functional.”

The new Teaching Resource Center includes three areas: the Discovery Café, the Curriculum and Children’s Literature Collection, and the Learning Lab. The Discovery Café is modeled after an Apple store where students and faculty can try new products that they might want to use in their teaching. The Learning Lab is a classroom set up that is specially designed to encourage innovative teaching and learning styles. It is equipped with the newest software and equipment, and knowing how to use this technology will serve education students well, especially when they are looking for teaching jobs following graduation. The two spaces are divided by the collection of children’s literature.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, provides an excellent, comprehensive Christian education in the Reformed tradition and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Dordt has consistently been named to top colleges lists by the U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, and Learn more about Dordt College at

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