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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The school is very religious, and has a reputation of everyone getting married. But the relationships are honest and meaningful, not merely hookups.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Excellent women at Dordt. Attractive. Fun. Very friendly. Some of the more sheltered girls can be hard to approach though.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very friendly people, as well as a good mix of people. Everyone says hi or good morning. It is a very friendly atmosphere!

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There a all kinds of guys at Dordt. Many of them are farm kids, but there are those from the west coast too.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: everyone is very friendly and open to meeting others


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Most Religious Girls
  • 87th
    Most Religious Guys
  • 114th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 671st
    Friendliest Guys
  • 940th
    Most Athletic Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alyssa Hoogendoorn
Rock Valley
Individual Studies - Journalism
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If all else fails, you go to Dordt to get married. For girls, a joke goes around campus about them being at Dordt to get their "Mrs. Degree," meaning their ultimate goal of college is to get married. Not everyone leaves Dordt engaged or married, but the College is known to have a high engagement rate. You'll hear fellow students talk about how their parents met at Dordt. You'll also hear the phrase "senior scramble," which is the last-minute, desperate attempt seniors sometimes make in order to find their significant others before they graduate and go through life (supposedly) alone.

It's not quite that dramatic, but relationships are kind of a big deal in the Dordt community. Who you're dating often determines your social circles. There's a lot of pressure to be in a serious relationship. Casual dating is not all that common. Either you're dating someone with the possibility of marriage in mind or you're hooking up and staying completely detached.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Class
  2. Parties
  3. Meet friends of friends
  4. The Commons or the Grille
  5. Campus events
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Off-campus parties
  2. Residence halls and apartments
  3. Bars
Social Scene
There is somewhat of a division between students-those who believe you can have fun without alcohol, and those who like to party. Students' weekend habits are not obvious to everyone. Sometimes, you'll be surprised at which fellow College students you run into at parties. Students are pretty friendly, but they are also very cliquey.
Hookups or Relationships?
The number of good-looking guys and girls is about the same. A majority of the student body has a Dutch heritage, meaning there are a lot of blonde-haired, blue-eyed guys and girls to pick from. Being a Christian Reformed college, nearly all of the students at Dordt come from some kind of religiously reformed background; thus, students share similar beliefs. For some, religion is something they take into consideration when they think about dating someone. Relationships tend to be serious, and if they're not, they are expected to become serious in the very near future. Hooking up is looked down upon, and it's easy to get a bad reputation. But hookups still happen-mostly within the party scene.
Dress Code
The College has a vague policy on how students dress, which calls for cleanliness, modesty, and propriety. Clothes that promote drug or alcohol use are deemed unacceptable. Dress code violations are not really an issue, though. Students don't get too dressed up for class, with some wearing sweatpants to class, or jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt. On the weekends, students tend to dress up a bit more. On weeknights, many students can be found in comfortable clothes, lounging around.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 24 responses

  • 28% Casual dating at your school
  • 28% None
  • 14% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 9% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 13% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 65% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 13% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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