As of May 13, 2019, Dordt College is now officially known as Dordt University.
Many Dordt University updates will take place this summer, including changes to gateway signage and the football field turf. The Dordt University logo, which was introduced in October at Defender Days, will be implemented campus-wide, replacing the Dordt College logo.
“We look forward to God’s continued faithfulness to Dordt University as we seek to be obedient to our calling to develop kingdom citizens to serve throughout the world,” says Brandon Huisman, vice president of enrollment and marketing at Dordt. “This is our next chapter as Dordt University.”
The name “Dordt University” fits Dordt’s mission, highlights the excellence of its academic programs, and emphasizes its global footprint.
“Dordt University best describes who we are and who we are becoming,” says President Erik Hoekstra. “Over the years, we have developed academic and co-curricular programs that grow out of our mission to prepare students to serve in the professions they enter and the communities in which they live. Dordt now looks and acts more like a university than a college.”
In addition to a diverse array of more traditional undergraduate programs, Dordt’s academic offerings include online studies, graduate programs, and professional-technical associate degrees. Dordt alumni live all over the world, and current students come from more than 26 countries.
“In many countries, the word ‘college’ refers to ‘high school,’ so some students overlook Dordt as an option for postsecondary education,” says Dr. Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Seminary and Dordt Board of Trustees member. “Potential graduate students search for universities. We want graduate and international students to see Dordt as an engaging, challenging place to learn.”
Dr. Mark Christians, psychology professor and faculty chair, says that the university initiative will help faculty to expand their research efforts while continuing to focus on student learning.
“The faculty will continue to engage with students in their quality teaching and research,” says Christians. “Faculty are committed to carrying out the mission and vision in order to equip students to work for Christ-centered renewal in all of areas of life in God’s kingdom.”
To learn more about the Dordt University transition, please visit https://www.dordt.edu/about-dordt/university-initiative.