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College ranks high in U.S. News

Dordt College has broken into the top ten, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2005 ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Dordt College officials have been notified the college is ranked number eight this year in a listing of 108 Midwest Comprehensive Colleges. That’s another move up the list, up ten from a ranking of number eighteen in 2003, and from thirteen on last year’s listing.

“We’re extremely excited about this recognition,” said Dr. Carl Zylstra in response to the report. “The rankings validate what we have been doing here as a Christian college and prove to prospective students and their parents that this college is worth their attention and consideration.” Zylstra added that the U.S. News rankings are important because they are based on careful analysis of up to fifteen indicators of academic excellence, including academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity and financial resources.

Dordt College has consistently ranked high in the U.S. News listings, being noted in one or more categories for twelve years running. The upward movement toward the top of the list indicates continued progress on the part of Dordt College in enhancing the academic experience of students by lowering average class sizes, ensuring that first year students acclimate well to a college environment, and maintaining a student/faculty ratio of fifteen to one. Other factors that can be attributed to Dordt College’s high ranking include the fact that the college continues to be viewed favorably by its peer institutions and has an alumni giving rate that is at least eight percent higher than any other Midwest comprehensive college.

The ranking places Dordt College in the top tier among four tiers listed in the report. The Comprehensive Colleges category, of which Dordt College is a part, includes institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in both the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.