Dordt College: Narrative Description

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498 4th Ave., NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697
Tel: (712)722-6000
Free: 800-343-6738
Admissions: (712)722-6080
Fax: (712)722-1967
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Christian Reformed, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1955. Setting: 100-acre small town campus. Endowment: $28 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5000 per student. Total enrollment: 1,346. Faculty: 110 (75 full-time, 35 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 813 applied, 94% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 72% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 1,222 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 63 students, 76% women, 24% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 12 other countries, 59% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 10% international, 10% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Christian College Coalition, Chicago Metro Program, American Studies Program, Los Angeles Film Studies Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, minimum ACT composite score of 19 or combined SAT I score of 920, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $21,320 includes full-time tuition ($16,450), mandatory fees ($220), and college room and board ($4650). College room only: $2440. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $650 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $110 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: PLIA, Future Teachers, Ag Club, Lacrosse Club, Defenders of Life. Major annual events: Talent Extravaganza, Homecoming, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,275 college housing spaces available; 1,175 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Dordt College Library plus 1 other with 160,000 books, 121,622 microform titles, 6,597 serials, 1,989 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $585,515. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Sioux Center, population 6,000 is a rural area with a temperate climate. College transportation serves the area. A public library, hospital, churches, clinics and shopping facilities are all available within the community. Recreational activities include swimming, golf, and fishing. Part-time employment may be found.

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