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Dordt College is again in the top 10 in U.S. News listings

Dordt College is ranked among the top ten Midwest Colleges in the U.S. for the second year in a row, according to U. S. News and World Report’s 2006 “America’s Best Colleges.” Dordt was tied for tenth place in this year’s ranking of 107 Midwest Comprehensive Colleges.

Dordt College has consistently ranked high in the U.S. News listings, being noted in one or more categories for thirteen years running. The Comprehensive Colleges category 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.

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, says, “This high ranking from an independent source helps validate the work being done at Dordt College. Combined with college visits and one’s own instincts, it can help prospective students find the college that’s right for them.”

U.S. News annually gathers data from each college on indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects their judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. Key factors include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.