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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I can't imagine a safer campus than Dordt.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Dordt is an extremely safe place to live. There is very little crime. It is so safe that some students even leave their cars unlocked.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Dordt College is located in a very small and quiet town of Sioux Center. Not much happens and the community is very friendly. I doubt that anything too horrible would happen but I won't deny that something bad won't happen. If I were to be concerned about anything is that leaving stuff out in the open might lead to things being taken, and that is probably the only concern here. Although it is not a huge problem.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Dordt College is very safe-almost too safe! Dordt security are always on the prowl during late hours.

People trust to have their car doors unlocked and apartment doors open. It is a very safe community.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Dordt is one of the safest schools in the world.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 141st
    Safest Campuses
  • 989th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alyssa Hoogendoorn
Rock Valley
Individual Studies - Journalism
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Sioux Center is a sheltered community to begin with, and Dordt has its own little sheltered community within the town community, so there is no need to feel unsafe. There have been a couple instances where strange people who do not belong at Dordt have been caught wandering around campus, but with the College being small, those kinds of people are easy to pick out and get rid of before anything bad actually happens. Campus security walks around campus at night, but mostly they're looking to catch students drinking. The outside doors to the dorms lock at 10 p.m. on weeknights and lock at midnight on weekends. Your student ID card is your key to get in after those times. On the weekends, the main entrance to the dorms is the only way to get in; the outside wing doors stay locked all weekend.

Security is not really an issue, but it's tighter in some places than others. Covenant Hall is the only dorm that has security cameras in the main lobby and wing entrances. RAs sit in the lobbies of the freshman and sophomore dorms every night between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. An RA is always on duty and can be reached by phone, but that is mostly for students who forget their IDs and get locked out. In the halls, few students actually lock their dorm doors.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 7
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Safety Services
Dordt Campus Security
Health Center
Campus Health Services
498 4th Ave. NE
(712) 722-6990
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. by appointment.
Health Services
  • Assessment of illness and injury
  • Basic medical supplies (free of charge)
  • Clinics
  • Emergency first aid
  • Gynecological care
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Personal counseling
  • Screenings
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 17 responses

  • 67% None
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 35% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 18% Not very visible.
  • 35% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 75% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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