The Voice: Fall 2001

The Voice

Enrollment remains steady

Parents took the opportunity to talk with faculty members at an informal reception held during freshman orientation weekend.     Dordt College begins the new academic year with 383 new freshmen. Total enrollment for summer and fall sessions includes 1406 undergraduates and 116 graduates for a total of 1522 students. Early reports indicate that the 2001-02 student body comes from thirty-seven states, six Canadian provinces and eighteen other countries.
    Dordt College continues to see a significant increase in graduate enrollment. The number of students taking a course for graduate credit jumped from forty-eight last year to sixty-two this year. Dr. Kevin Eames, the new director of graduate education says, “I am encouraged by the strong enrollment figures for the graduate program. The numbers indicate a confidence in a graduate program that has been academically strong in the past, and I am certain will continue into the future.”
    Undergraduate students show a strong tendency to return. The effective retention rate is eighty-one percent, a high percentage when compared with colleges similar to Dordt. The number of students transferring to Dordt from other colleges remains steady at forty-four.
    The strength of the retention, transfer, and graduate enrollments has helped offset lower undergraduate enrollments this year. President Carl E. Zylstra notes that the decrease in undergraduate students has been anticipated. He adds, “Dordt College has made significant strides in offsetting this trend by developing our graduate program and other summer undergraduate programs.” Last year Dordt College enrolled seventy-two summer graduate, six fall graduate and 1420 fall undergraduate students, for a total of 1498 students. This year, Dordt enrolled 116 summer graduate, three summer undergraduate, and 1403 fall undergraduate students, for a total of 1522 students.

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