Dordt College has reached an all-time high enrollment with 1,534 students for the 2017-18 school year. Enrollment includes full-time and part-time undergraduates, two-year degree seekers, transfer students, dual enrollment students in high school, and graduate students in the master of education program. The incoming class totals 441 new students.
“Once again, we are blessed to experience growing numbers of students, and we are humbled by our calling to teach these students and equip them to serve Christ as their calling in his kingdom,” says Dordt College President Erik Hoekstra.
The college celebrates more diversity on campus this year—growing diversity in international and ethnic student populations and increased diversity in program options like Pro-Tech. Twenty-nine students are enrolled in Pro-Tech in either the manufacturing track or the farm operations and management track.
Due to record high graduation results the past two years, the college’s traditional undergraduate student enrollment is slightly down this year. Dordt College is committed to helping students keep college affordable by completing programs in 4 years or fewer, which has impacted graduation rates and traditional enrollment levels. At the same time, Dordt is experiencing an uptick of non-traditional enrollment in graduate programs, two-year programs, and dual enrollment options.
The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate was 80.9 percent, compared to a national average in the mid-60s. Dordt’s student body is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and students come from more than 25 countries. The college continues to see a variety of church traditions represented: Christian Reformed students make up 38 percent of students, while Reformed Church in America, United Reformed, Baptist, and Evangelical Free affiliations round out the top-five.
“Every year we are seeing changes in our student body and in our program offerings, but what doesn’t change is our commitment to Dordt’s founding vision set more than 60 years ago, to provide an education where all of the students’ intellectual, emotional, and imaginative activities are permeated with the spirit and teaching of Christianity,” says Hoekstra. “Living hospitably and energetically from a Reformed worldview as a college is, apparently, something of interest many—and it is a huge encouragement to us, as well!”
Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college committed to the Reformed Christian perspective. The Wall Street Journal named Dordt College first in the nation in student engagement two years in a row, a measure of how inspired, informed, and challenged its students are. The college continually appears on best colleges lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, and Princeton Review.