Dordt College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Dordt College

Dordt College is a private four-year college associated with the Christian Reformed Church. Students can choose from over 40-degree programs and pre-professional programs. Education fields are the most popular. Academics are backed up by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Campus life is active with dozens of clubs, organizations, and activities. In athletics, the Dordt Defenders play in the NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,712 (1,426 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53% Male/47% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,770
  • Books: $1,140
  • Room and Board: $10,020
  • Other Expenses: $3,500
  • Total Cost: $46,430

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,932
    • Loans: $6,437

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Elementary Education and Teaching; Business/Commerce, General; Agricultural Business and Management, General; Engineering, General; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 69%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Dordt College Admissions

Admissions at Dordt College is moderately open—around seven out of every ten applicants are admitted to the school each year Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being accepted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Dordt College Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530/690
    • SAT Math: 530/670
    • SAT Writing: – / –
    • ACT Cumulative: 22/28
    • ACT English: 21/29
    • ACT Math: 21/27

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Dordt College, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Dordt College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Dordt College, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

United States Military Academy, Texas Christian University, University of Oklahoma, Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Dordt College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Stony Brook University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati

Applying to Dordt College

Application Deadline: August 16

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