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Reviews 353 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Dordt is challenging but not over the top. Professors tend to give work that makes you think and grow but they are always willing to help you if you are struggling. Professors at Dordt really care about you, but at the same time they realize that you are a college student and success at college is really up to you and how you handle yourself. If you are having personal struggles like sickness or family issues (e.g. death in the family) and you tell professors about it, they will be kind and flexible to help fit your needs.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not going to lie, Dordt is not the most diverse school out there. A lot of people come from similar backgrounds: Dutch heritage, reformed denomination, etc. That isn't to say diversity isn't accepted here, I am friends with quite a few international students and I love what they bring to the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The male dorms do not have air conditioning which can be a struggle in early fall and late spring. People in the dorms are friendly and helpful. Community bathrooms encourage social interaction. Dorms are very close to both food and classes which is nice. Buildings are fairly old.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The rec center is very nice, but can be intimidating to non-athletes. Most people have school spirit and want our sports to succeed although many do not attend sporting events.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The environment is very friendly and everyone is willing to help. There are many opportunities to be involved with other students and the community. I would come here again if I had the choice because I have met some amazing people and have been challenged in many ways.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a variety of course sizes and professors. I have had classes with as few as 15 students and some with a couple hundred. This gives you a variety of experience as you learn to work in large groups and smaller, closer groups.

The professors definitely challenge you here, but they also really care. Often, at the beginning and end of the year, there are dinners and lunches at professor's houses for students in their field of study. They are very accommodating too. I had to fly back home unexpectedly over the year for my Grandpa's funeral, and my professors were all flexible and more than willing to extend deadlines if I needed it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus. I feel fine walking around alone at night. No one here really worries about theft, I am sure it happens sometimes, but for the most part, people are comfortable leaving things around as it generally isn't a big deal here.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Covenant, which is the farthest from classes of all the resident buildings. We each get one roommate, compared to the other girl's dorm which has 4 girls to a room (although sometimes you can get in with less). I thought in Covenant, the room size was great. You have the opportunity to do all sorts of things with your room, in the other dorm, not so much. I spent the night in West and I found it claustrophobic. If you don't mind the walk (and I actually love it, gives me some exercise :) ), then Covenant is great! The bathrooms are shared with the whole wing, but they are kept very clean and I have enjoyed the community that comes from having shared bathrooms.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My freshman year has been the best year of my life. Dordt has satisfied me in every area of my life. My professors are great, my classes are challenging but do-able, I love my friends to death, I am challenged daily to grow closer to God. It is a small community, but one that is encouraging and builds on each other. Professors encourage you to challenge and compete against yourself instead of other students, which allows students to work together to get the best results.

I love how involved I feel at Dordt, there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and join groups and clubs. Even though there are no cities nearby, you are never bored as there are plenty of things to do on campus like bowling and ice-skating. If I had to go back and choose a college again, I would choose Dordt every time

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low. I personally have never felt threatened walking alone across campus at night.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love how easy the registration process is for picking roommates.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each hall wing have an RA(resident life assistant) and they do a great job trying to make a wonderful atmosphere in the dorm

3 College Freshman

Athletics: So far, most of the athletic teams have a good amount of fans, however, for sports that our college is not good at barely gets any fan. For instance, our college football's team is not great and I do not hear that much people talking or even going to it.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, it has a safe community, and everyone on campus are friendly, including students, professors, and faculty members. The academic demanding for engineering program is moderately difficult but not impossible. It has several different activities throughout the year and it is well advertised by the people.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Dordt College offers a world class education. It features diligent and patient professors, who devote their lives to the student body completely. The campus features high quality resources and facilities that aid student learning. The library is up to date, and stocked with a very wide range of books on every subject matter. Hard work is encouraged with awards and scholarships.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and safety are taken very seriously on campus. It is believed that physical and psychological welfare have a great impact on academic performance. The school offers free health services for all students. Counselling services are also offered for students suffering any form of disorder, abuse, hurt or loss. Dordt College ensures that all students comply to campus health policies and take necessary vaccinations. This keeps individuals safe, and, in some cases, from infecting others.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dordt College has been a very healthy environment to learn. All professors offer friendly and diligent assistance to all students who need it. Professors are completely fair, and treat students equally regardless of race or political and social differences. Very often professors take the pain of referring struggling students to available resources and tutoring, or even setting up special meetings with them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dordt College has a reputation for offering a high quality education as well as other core values like integrity which are invaluable in professional fields. For this reason, Dordt College has developed a good reputation and its students are quickly absorbed into industry. It offers counselling for students in search of scholarship and internship opportunities. The semesters are also packed with seminars from professionals and companies from all over the nation.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Dordt College features high quality athletic facilities. There is a large Recreation Center on campus, which features a wide variety of equipment for workout and sports. All equipment is in good enough supply to be used by a very large number of students at the same time. The equipment is kept in good condition and never has quality issues or breakdown. Overall, the campus does an excellent job of encouraging and rewarding physical fitness among the student body. The school community is very supportive, and games always record a high attendance. The value of sport is imbibed into students as one of the common values shared by all students. Athletics bring the entire student body together. The school has various teams in sports, and rewards participation with scholarships. Team members are driven, and strive to balance their social lives, academics, and athletics.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Schooling here has changed my academic life drastically. Within a few weeks I have been pushed to work harder than I have in the past to meet higher academic expectations. This experience has also motivated me to keep up by setting higher goals for myself. Another value of my College I greatly admire is upright and moral conduct of all individuals. This is held in high esteem, and is believed to yield greater tolerance, lubricated work flow, and more responsible citizens in all spheres of life. So schooling here does not just transform an individual's academics, but also imbibes the values required to work well with others and to be a healthy social being.

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.

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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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