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Dordt College enrollment up this year

Four hundred new students joined returning students for opening day at Dordt College, raising the college’s enrollment to 1330 undergraduate and graduate students for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Opening day enrollment figures showed a twelve-student increase over last year’s class for a total of 348 first-year students. In addition to the new class, fifty-two upperclass students transferred to or restarted classes at Dordt College this fall.

A record high first-year-to-sophomore retention rate was recorded this year, with over eighty-nine percent of last year’s first-year students returning to Dordt College for the 2006-2007 academic year.

“Each year we add special degree options, and each year more students discover that this college is the one that is best equipped to meet and exceed their specific educational and career needs,” said Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College. Currently over fifty programs of study are offered at the college, including a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, and a new two-year engineering technology degree option. New emphases have also been added in the area of biotechnology.