Dordt College News

Dordt College ties for highest enrollment in school’s history

September 16, 2013

With a large freshman class, strong numbers of transfer students, and a growing international student body, Dordt College has tied its record for highest enrollment with 1,430 students, a record set in 1999.

This year Dordt College welcomes 380 freshman and 46 transfer students. The enrollment numbers do not include students enrolled in Dordt’s Stepping Stones Preschool or high school students taking college classes.

”As I listen to the stories of our graduates, I’m not surprised that we continue to see record enrollments,” said Dordt College President Erik Hoekstra. “The dynamic learning community here at Dordt College prepares students well for service in God’s kingdom in the many diverse arenas where Christians are called to be salt and light.”

A significant contributing factor is the number of international students on campus, which continues to grow and shape the campus year after year. Approximately 10 percent of the student body is made up of international students who represent more than 25 countries. The largest number come from our nearest neighbor, Canada.

Dean for Global Education Curtis Taylor attributes the enrollment to on-site recruiting, having quality programs in fields international students want to study, and having staff and resources dedicated to making sure international students succeed not just academically but also in their social and spiritual lives.

“International students and their parents appreciate the values that are naturally part of a town like Sioux Center. They also appreciate that Dordt provides opportunities for their student to engage with families, organizations, and churches in the community,” said Taylor.

“We’re happy to have reached a goal and tied our high mark for enrollment,” says Hoekstra. “At the same time our work is not primarily about getting big numbers. Dordt College is a place where each student is known personally and is encouraged to discover and develop the gifts they’ve been given.”

“Our graduates are servant leaders in their communities and industries, and they help do a good job of telling the story of Dordt College. It doesn’t surprise me that more people are hearing about us, coming for a visit, and joining us to prepare for positions of leadership and service.”

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