Dordt College News

U.S. News and World Report recognizes Dordt as top-tier college

September 10, 2013

For the second year in a row, Dordt College is ranked sixth on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

“We appreciate the recognition by others that we have faculty, staff, and students working in a collaborative learning environment to prepare students to transform culture in their chosen professions,” said Dordt College Provost Eric Forseth.

As Dordt welcomes a near-record number of freshmen and prepares to kick off a campus-wide multidisciplinary learning project focused on researching and combatting infant mortality worldwide, Dordt College President Dr. Erik Hoekstra says the rankings are just one small piece of the puzzle when it comes to characterizing a Dordt College education.

“Students come to Dordt from all over the U.S. and the world, and if you ask them, I’m sure you’d hear hundreds of explanations for why they’re here and what they value about their Dordt College education,” Hoekstra said. “The rankings are important for what they say about our reputation and how we measure up against certain benchmarks, but there’s much more to Dordt than our strong academic program.”

Dordt is about helping students learn and develop as faithful disciples of Christ, Hoekstra says, and to “work toward Christ-centered renewal in all areas of life,” according to the college’s mission statement.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition and enrolls about 1,400 students. U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni satisfaction as represented by alumni giving percentages.

Dordt has also been recognized as a top regional college by, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. The 2014 America’s Best Colleges detailed ranking information is available on the U.S. News & World Report website at


Fun Facts about the rankings:

• Dordt College has been ranked on the U.S. News & World Report Survey for 22 years and has been listed in the top six in its category since 2008. This is the 11th time Dordt has been a top-10 college.
• Dordt College came close to making the top 5 list for “Regional Colleges with Least Debt,” with students averaging $21,900 in debt at graduation. Midwest colleges on the “most debt” list range as high as $38,885 for average student debt.
• Previously listed on “A-Plus Schools for B-Plus Students,” Dordt moved off that list thanks to higher standardized test scores and class ranks for incoming students.  Dordt is seen by accreditors as a great school for students who do not meet regular admissions standards, because most thrive here, thanks to the academic support system Dordt offers.

Midwest Regional Colleges Top 10
1. Taylor University (IN)
2. Ohio Northern University
3. Augustana College (SD)
4. Marietta College (OH)
5. Cedarville University (OH)
6. Dordt College (IA)
6. Franklin College (IN)
6. Northwestern College (IA)
6. University of Mount Union (OH)
10. College of the Ozarks

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