Sioux Center, Iowa — Another northwest Iowa higher education institution is reporting record enrollment numbers.
Dordt University officials tell us they achieved record enrollment for the fall 2023 semester with an overall enrollment of 1,911 students. This exceeds the fall 2022 record of 1,858 students.
They tell us this is the largest degree-seeking full-time undergraduate enrollment in Dordt’s history with 1,526 students representing 43 states and 33 different countries. The incoming class includes a record 498 undergraduate students.
Dordt president, Dr. Erik Hoekstra says that to have Dordt’s undergraduate enrollment grow by more than 15 percent over the last decade while higher education overall has contracted by nearly 15 percent is “certainly an encouragement, but really, it’s a tribute to God’s faithfulness to Dordt through our faculty, staff, and supporting constituency who share in this vision of Christ-centered higher education.”
Greg Van Dyke, director of admissions, says, “This year, we surpassed the all-time freshmen record set back in 1998, and maintained strong retention numbers, which certainly contributed to the overall enrollment record.”
Dordt’s freshmen to sophomore retention rate is 85 percent.
Courtesy fellow Community First Broadcasting station KSOU in Sioux Center