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DORDT UNIVERSITY, SIOUX CENTER, IOWA

Sioux Center, IowaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1955Established Year
  1534Enrollment

Dordt College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Established in 1955, The Dordt University is a Private Christian Liberal Arts institute providing students with an array of undergraduate, graduate and associate degree programs. The institute welcomes international population of more than 24 countries across the globe and is one of the renowned names in the US Education System.

Admissions at Dordt University are provided for the seasonal intakes of Fall and Spring with the priority deadline of January 15. The institute has a very comprehensive approach towards admissions and observes an acceptance rate of nearly 72%.

The institute has a high employment rate of approximately 99% with its graduates finding jobs within 6 months of completing their degrees and is regarded as one coveted organization among the international aspirants to study in the USA.

Dordt University Campus

Rankings

  1. The University was ranked as 9th best institute in Iowa by the survey results of Niche, 2020.
  2. In the Times Higher Education 2020 rankings, the institute was honored at #1 in student engagement for 4 years in a row.
  3. Niche Rankings 2020 also recognised the institute under the top 200 institutes in the world.

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Establishment Year1955
Admission ProcessOnline
Application FeeNot available
Test Scores AcceptedIELTS, ACT, SAT
Faculty to Student Ratio1:19
Percentage of International Students32%
Mode of ProgramFull-Time, Online
Annual Acceptance Rate72%
Employment Rate99%
Financial AidAvailable as Scholarships and Awards
Student’s HelplinePhone: (712) 722-6000
Fax: (800) 343-6738

Programs, Campus and Residence

Courses

Dordt University offers a plethora of courses for international students which includes more than 40 undergraduate and 3 graduate degree programs. With 35 majors having precisely 61 concentrations and 33 minors to choose from, students admitted to the institute always have a chance to experiment with different alternatives.

The available courses are provided across its 32 departments comprising of Computer Science, Engineering, Art & Design, Education, Criminal Justice, to name a few. The organization also provides its aspirants with online programs in the summer which helps students achieve their short term academic goals. 

Some of the popular majors available at the University are as mentioned below.

  • Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Education

Campus

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Located in the historic downtown of Sioux Centre, Northwest Iowa, the University campus is spread across a lush land of 115 acres. The Sioux Center is just 45 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa, and nearly 55 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The campus is surrounded by various scenic attractions available within a driving distance from the organization. 

Campus is home to an Advancement and Business Center, the B.J. Haan Auditorium, De Witt Gymnasium, Hulst Library, an Alumni Guest House, and many more places one must consider visiting.

It also offers various facilities like a campus store, art gallery, meditation rooms, student lounges along with sport activities inclusive of foosball and pool tables, among others.

Housing Options

With a variety of on-campus living options designed for broadening student’s overall experience, the majority of students at the organization choose to opt for on-campus housing. The University provides 4 residence halls and 8 apartment complexes to some 89% of its total students enrolled in a session.

The available accommodation alternatives include Break Housing, Covenant Hall, East Campus Apartments, East Hall, Kuyper Apartments, North Hall, Southview Apartment, and West Hall. The halls are segregated on the basis of gender and year of study like men, women, co-ed or freshers, juniors, seniors, etc.

All the available options are fully furnished and come along with basic facilities like laundry, study rooms and air conditioning. Each student opting for on campus residence is automatically eligible for the Value Meal Plan or Reduced Meal Plan that come at affordable rates and offer some of the mouth watering delicacies to the candidates.

Dordt University Admission Process

Dordt University International Students

Application Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Deadline: 

  • Fall – April 1 (preferred deadline is of January 15).
  • Spring – October 1.

Application Fee: The application is free for all applicants to apply.

How to Apply?

If you're a prospective student of the University, below mentioned points might come in handy for you.

Specific requirements: All the academic records/transcripts from the previously attended institution(s) to be mailed in a sealed and signed envelope or should be sent digitally after being evaluated by WES with a minimum GPA of 2.25 on 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements: Copy of the Biographic Page of the Passport, Bank Statement, ID Proof, Financial Documentation to support I-134 and Dordt University Supplemental Form, Valid student Visa.

A brief essay about the faith background and particular interest in studying within a Christian setting might be specification for international students.

Standardized Test Scores: 

  • One of the tests SAT or ACT scores needs to be provided with a minimum composite ACT Score of 19 or SAT score of 990.
  • English Proficiency test scores like TOEFL iBT score of 79 or equivalent.

Note that all the above-stated documents need to be mailed at- Dordt University Office of Global Education, 700 7th St NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697 USA.

Cost of Attendance

An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US including basic expenses like accommodation, travel, books, among others, for the term of 2020-21 has been compiled as follows:

Type of ExpenditureAmount (in USD, per semester)
Tuition & Fees16,120
Activity Fee290
Accommodation4,100 to 5,235
Books and Supplies600 to 1,140

Note that aspirants can seek a financial aid of up to 25,500 USD per annum which will help them cover their cost of living expenses and support them in completing their studies comfortably.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The University acknowledges the participation of international students in their campus and looks forward to aiding them with the burden of the Tuition with International Financial Aid. Assistance for International students includes academic and activity scholarships, International Student Tuition Grant, and the Dordt University Student Employment Program. There are also some private/alternative loan programs available to international students.

Some of the scholarships for international students to study in the USA available at the institute are discussed as follows:

  1. Distinguished Scholarship Awards: Awarded to students with academic excellence and exceptional promise for the future. Students having a minimum average GPA of 3,75 and ACT or SAT score of 32 and 1420, respectively, are eligible for the award. While no separate application is required for this award, an interview forms a part of the process of availing this scholarship.
  2. Dordt Presidential, Honours and Collegiate Scholarships: Available to students with an average GPA of 2.80 and an ACT and SAT score of 19 and 990, respectively. The amount ranges between 4,000 and 13,000 and are renewable if a student maintains the spectacular track record throughout the duration of course. The award requires no separate application.
  3. Dennis and Arla Van Zanten Scholarship: A studentship for top athletes who have the potential to contribute to the university's Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball or Volleyball Program. These awards can be availed along with other scholarships and no separate application is required for the same.

Apart from these, the international students also have a chance at assisting their tuition through outside scholarships which includes Gooz International Scholarship, Harold & Theresa De Wit International Student Scholarship, Jeanie E. Zinkand Memorial International Student Scholarship, among others. The amount awarded by each of these scholarships varies year to year along with their deadlines.

Alumni Network

Dordt University Alumni Association was established years ago to cater the needs of its graduated students. It makes sure of providing meaningful opportunities for its graduates to engage with and also develop a lifelong partnership with the University. 

Be it assisting future students in discovering the university for the first time or guiding current students with their career choices or even meeting up with other alumni, the Alumni Association Membership is free and available to all students upon graduation. The University arranges special events, provides networking opportunities and keeps the alumni aware of continuing education opportunities. 

Few Notable alumni include- Randy Feenstra is an American Politician and former businessman, Paul TenHaken who is an American Businessman and website developer, Devin LeMahieu who is a renowned American newspaper editor and politician, among others.

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Dordt University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population1703
FAFSA Code001859
Application Cost$25
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$30,330 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score118510501320 15%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing595530660-
Mathematics590520660-
ACTCheck Detailed Score252228 85%
English252128-
Mathematics242127-

Dordt University Acceptance Rate

72.1%

Acceptance Rate

1443

Total Applicants

1703

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

50.5%

Male

49.5%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program72.1%
Total Applicants2191
Total Enrolled1579
Graduate
Graduate Programs71.7%
Total Applicants173
Total Enrolled124

Dordt University Enrollment

Enrollment
Dordt University Enrollment1703
Undergraduate Enrollment1579
Graduate Enrollment124
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate50.4%

Attendance Cost

$30,330

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$30,330 / Year
Post Graduate Program$9,900 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,160 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$9,140 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,500 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,130 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,500 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
26901780910-
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    Overall (National)

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    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    7.9/10

    7.7/10academic
    7.3/10infrastructure
    7.7/10placements
    8.3/10faculty
    8.7/10extracurricular
    7.7/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Abbas sen, INDIA Data science
    Dordt University
    , Batch : 2022
    9.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    DATA SCIENCE @ DORDT COLLEGE !!

    I heard a lot this university from some of my friends and relatives there in the US. I searched a lot and find out that genuinely it is a nice center for education with lots of opportunities. As, I can fulfill all the admission criteria, therefore I applied through the online portal which doesn't have any application fee.


    Course Curriculum - 

    The program structure is helping me to gain the tools to work with data sets and manage data. Also, the core program gives a strong Christian foundation to bring with you wherever you go. This course provides me a mix of computer science, mathematics, and statistics courses.

    9 /10
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    faculty
    9 /10
    infrastructure
    9 /10
    accomodation/food
    10 /10
    placement
    10 /10
    extracurricular
    22, Feb 2020 read more
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    Julie din, INDIA Business adminstration
    Dordt University
    , Batch : 2022
    6.5
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    DORDT UNIVERSITY AND MY REMARKABLE JOURNEY IN IT

    I always wanted to pursue my graduation from the USA. So I contacted an agency for the same and they made me apply in some of the colleges and I got selected at the Dordt University. I had applied to the university through a free online application form.


    Course Curriculum - 

    My course delivers the skill required in management and also provides us with the skills to excel in the marketing area. My course gives prominence to areas like human resource management, finance, information systems, international business etc. I was given the training to establish as a successful business expert in various fields.

    6 /10
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    19, Feb 2020 read more
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    Samia talukdar, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Bachelor criminal justice on-campus
    Dordt University
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    7.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    EXCELLENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COLLEGE

    At Dordt College, I am getting a chance to nurture my mental development through a broad range of courses in which I am learning. I am always encouraged to go beyond the basic facts and learn to think critically about justice both in America and abroad. I am also getting help from the teachers to develop an insight into the course.


    Course Curriculum - 

    As a criminal justice major, I am taking classes in forensics, political science, law, psychology, and social work. These classes will prepare me to face whatever challenges might be thrown at me in my future career. The curriculum is challenging due to our fallen world. Thus the program will teach me to work with a Christian mindset, showing guidance and the love of Christ to others who need it while seeking justice for the oppressed.

    8 /10
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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    placement
    7 /10
    extracurricular
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