Dordt College

Dordt College

Dordt College is situated in Sioux Center, Iowa in the United States. It is a private, liberal arts, Christian college. Dordt College was established in 1953 as Midwest Christian Junior College. The College has a 115-acre campus. The College offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide range of subjects in the field of arts, humanities and sciences. Pre-professional programs in health, law, architecture and seminary are also available at the College.

Dordt College has gained membership of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The College has also participated in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and NCCHA Conference. Some of the games that the Dordt College athletes participate in are baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, track events, hockey, and lacrosse. Among the notable alumni of the College include Randall Palmer, Chief political correspondent for Reuters, Canada; and Mark Vogelzang, President of Vermont Public Radio.

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Contacting Dordt

Dordt College
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center , IA 51250-1697
General Phone: (712) 722-6000

Dordt Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management52business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, human resources, human resources management, MIS, marketing ...
Liberal Arts42German language, Germanic literature and linguistics, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, social services, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching36curriculum and instruction, special ed, special education, elementary school teaching, agricultural teaching, business teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, ...
Engineering16engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, mechanical engineering
Science15biology, biotechnology, chemistry, physics
Media15communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, communications tech
Therapy and Counseling13psychology
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, bible studies, missionary studies, religious music, theology, theology and religious vocations
Nursing and Emergency Medicine10registered nursing
Agricultural Science and Management9agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural supply, various agricutural courses
Office and Administration8administrative assistant
Family and Social Work8social work
Animal Science and Care7animal science, various animal sciences courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5exercise science, health and fitness
Drama and Performing Arts4drama, theatre design, acting
Photography and Commercial Art4commercial art
Mathematics3mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Art Studies3art studies, arts management
Landscaping and Horticulture3plant sciences
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science, information science, computer engineering
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies, environmental science
Medicine0medical preparatory
Music0music performance
Engineering Technician0engineering technology
Fine Arts0fine arts, art history and criticism
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and safety
Medical Administration0medical secretary

Number of programs and degrees for Dordt in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree21
Bachelor's degree26384
Master's degree41

Dordt Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dordt had a total enrollment of 1,301 students (1,337 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 97%
Graduate 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 0%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 38%
20-21 43%
22-24 16%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)10%
South Dakota4%
New Jersey1%

Dordt Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Dordt Room and Board (2007)

Dordt offers campus housing for 1,160 of its 1,337 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Sioux Center, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Dordt Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480600
SAT Math510620
SAT Writing460590
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT23%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT88%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Dordt Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,040
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,040
Room and board $ 5,720
Room charge $ 3,020
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,700
Books and supplies $ 840
Other expenses $ 3,100

Financial Aid:
Dordt participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 185900)

Dordt Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5817

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year30$64,6832*
Associate professoracademic year8$56,9384$53,654
Assistant professoracademic year9$45,7411*
Instructoracademic year11$37,60610$37,536
All faculty totalacademic year58$55,54017$45,820

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dordt Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Plains Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Track Great Plains Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5549104

Dordt Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Animal Sciences, Other

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
English Language and Literature, General
German Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communications Technology/Technician
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Option to study abroad
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