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Reviews 346 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The community and campus really support the athletes, but that isn't the primary focus at Dordt. The facilities are great, considering how small of a school we have.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options, but there needs to be more. So many students are getting married during college, but the town isn't keeping up with rental space. Property is very expensive and the cheap stuff is gross. It's all close to the school.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food options, which are cheap, but there are Very few sit-down places in the town. The community is really supportive of the college so there are a number of discounts or coupons given out.

5 College Junior

Administration: I think that schools should have strict rules like Dordt. College is the last "free" time in your life. If your college isn't going to enforce anything, there are going to be those kids that go out into the world and expect to get whatever they want. No. Rules are rules and they were put there for a reason. Yes, the rules affect social lives, but without the rules the grades would really be affected.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There is no party scene at my school, which is why I rated it the best. There are some people that have small parties in their rooms, but it is nothing like a public school. Since there are no parties, the students at my school rate much higher than other schools in academics.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: When I got married, the guy in charge of the financial aid was really difficult to work with. Both of our parents were trying to get things figured out, and he was mean. My fiancé had set up a meeting to discuss what he needed to do, and the guy wasn't real helpful.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus anymore, but I am now married. However, I lived on campus for two years and really enjoyed it. The female dorms are new and include an elevator and air conditioning. The RAs are great and set up fun and engaging wing events. I never had to stand around and wait for a shower because each bathroom has 5 showers. It's pretty expensive to live on campus, but I knew that when I signed up. I liked being right there on campus next to all my classes and friends. I never once had an issue registering for housing. Even upperclassmen pretty much get what they want and about 90% of Dordt students live on campus. The senior apartments are AMAZING. The entire campus is beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few off campus places to live and they are very close by.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its really just fast food but they have a few restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Dordt has very strict rules concerning alcohol and drugs but otherwise they are pretty nice.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I go to a Christian school so the party life is not that crazy but we do have some.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was quick and easy and it really helped me out.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is really not as bad as it could be but it isn't that great either. They tend to repeat meals quite often.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is pretty great. It allows for social opportunities and saves on commuting.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The town is small, so I am not familiar with what the options are for off-campus housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The town is quite small, but it has some of the larger chain restaurants. The prices are standard cross-country so that doesn't really matter.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is quite strict about drinking and smoking on campus. They want us to focus more on our studies than partying

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The staff was easy to work with and were understanding

College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are not common on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some meals are better than others

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The campus becomes pretty quiet most nights, the weekends liven up a little bit.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of similar types of restaurants and there are a limited number of restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The labs and computers in them are very easy to use and very accessible, and it is very convinient to print right in the labs.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The cold weather affects the activities we can do outside because it is cold and snows, but the weather is bearable.

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The Christ-centered education is evident in the classrooms at Dordt College; the professors not only try to shape your mind around a Christian worldview, but they also try to stretch your imagination and challenge your ideas. Dordt has some quality professors, but the social life is just as important as academics. As a whole, the social life tends to be rather cliquey. You’ll want to make sure you find a good social circle where you can be yourself. You can choose to either fit in or stand out, but sometimes it’s hard to want to stand out at a place like Dordt because the College is relatively small. Word travels fast, so it makes you a little wary of doing anything too drastic.

The College and town communities can both be a little closed-minded. People say living in Northwest Iowa is as close as you can get to living in a bubble, meaning the community has a tendency to try to shield itself from the outside world. Another way of explaining the community would be to call it sheltered because, in some ways, it is. From time to time, you hear students complain about being stuck in the middle of a cornfield in the middle of nowhere. If you want to go somewhere and do something, you have to drive; thus, the location of the College is its downfall. However, many students seem to enjoy the small-town life and overlook the limited options and opportunities. Emphasis is placed on having close-knit relationships with your peers and professors. Making connections with the right people is the key to your success at Dordt or any college for that matter.

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