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Reviews 325 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

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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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are in great condition and are of average size. Even if I had the choice to live in the dorms my freshmen year or somewhere else I would choose the dorms.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Dordt College requires all of the students to live on campus unless married. Therefore, this section is irrelevant to Dordt College.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food in our main cafeteria is not good at all. We have another food place on campus, but we can not get meal exchange for hot food 24/7 which is very frustrating when the food in the main cafeteria is not edible.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Dordt is in Sioux Center, IA, therefore it is hard to have a large amount of diversity. There are many international students, but mostly all from Korea.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Even though Dordt is in a small town, the school and student committees do an outstanding job of having various activities for students to partake in.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Dordt College has a unique sense of community felt by everyone who steps on campus. The community feeling is only made stronger through the application of religion to every aspect of life at the school.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: For the most part, if you're in the school, you can get into your program.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Quite a few international students actually, and diversity in general is growing at Dordt, but it's not the most diverse by any means.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is by far one of huge worst parts about Dordt. Be prepared to run a ways in the cold snow!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Excellent options. Plenty of diversity. Rigorous courses.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Student teaching is helpful and easy to find. You can even go all over the US if you'd like.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The town itself is small and easy to get around, but campus is pretty isolated.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The school is actually quite strict in terms of policy, but thankfully they don't go out of their way to snoop around, once you move to the apartments.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The rec center is great, as are the library and campus center. Most of the socializing occurs in the apartments.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus. It's really very pretty. Great facilities as well. New science addition going up right now.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I'd say slightly less than half the students drink. Many have a great time without it. Many who do drink, just have chill get togethers in their rooms (after sneaking it on to this dry campus). A small minority throw some very fun house parties.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Dordt is expensive, yes, but they give out tons of financial aid. In the end, it's not too bad at all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Better than you'd expect from a town this sized.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Early summer is amazing, but by then, the students have practically left. Winters are incredibly cold and brutal, with tons of wind. Dordt needs underground tunnels. In the meantime, find a nice dutch girl to keep you warm.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Excellent little small town in Iowa. Great, friendly people. More things to do than you would expect from a town this size, but other attractions aren't too far away as well.


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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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