Dordt College in Sioux Center moved up 57 spots nationally in the rankings, which include the top 20 percent of undergraduate institutions nationwide. Dordt also appeared in the Top Private Colleges and Midwest Colleges lists.
Northwestern College in Orange City is ranked as 332nd overall in the 2014 “America’s Top Colleges” ranking by Forbes. Dordt is 408th.
Forbes, in partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, included only 650 institutions in its rankings. According to the rankings website, www.forbes.com/top-colleges, selections were based on educational output. Forbes says unlike others who rank colleges, their sights are set directly on return on investment: What are students getting out of college?
The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore-year retention rates; student debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate; and academic success, which rewards schools whose students go on to earn doctoral degrees or win prestigious scholarships and fellowships.