Dordt University


Established in 1955, Dordt is a comprehensive Reformed, Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dordt University
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, 51250-1606


Phone: 1-800-343-6738


Organization details

EIN: 420772559

CEO/President: Dr. Erik Hoekstra


Board size: 0


Year founded: 1958

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


An education that is Christian not merely in the sense that devotional exercises are appended to the ordinary work of the college, but in the larger and deeper sense that all the class work, all of the students' intellectual, emotional, and imaginative activities shall be permeated with the spirit and teaching of Christianity.

Mission statement

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, the mission of Dordt College is to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.

Statement of faith

We believe that Scripture and creation reveal a sovereign God. Nothing exists without him; all things are under his control and find their goal and purpose in his glory. The creation is God's kingdom. The Bible also tells us that God created us in his image. God covenantally binds us to him by his law and calls for our loving obedience. Though called to develop and care for God's world, after Adam's fall into sin we began to treat it as an object of exploitation. Rather than serving the King, people abandoned themselves and the rest of creation to division and strife, misery, and death. But God came with his word of grace, reclaiming his world through the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Even though the effects of the fall will continue until he returns, Christ has rescued the creation from the curse of sin, and he reigns as king over all. He summons those he has redeemed to work to establish his kingdom everywhere.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating465 of 72571 of 87
Fund acquisition rating602 of 72677 of 87
Resource allocation rating240 of 72623 of 87
Asset utilization rating433 of 72566 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,788,070$7,053,620$7,922,590$6,478,797$5,774,716
Short-term investments$49,868,506$47,082,185$41,380,225$42,045,856$42,259,672
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$59,683,411$55,624,774$53,343,213$48,865,212$48,405,587
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$81,644,319$80,608,202$74,014,797$73,353,296$73,535,283
Other long-term assets$8,305,235$8,271,369$8,149,207$7,947,495$7,835,421
Total long-term assets$89,949,554$88,879,571$82,164,004$81,300,791$81,370,704
Total assets$149,632,965$144,504,345$135,507,217$130,166,003$129,776,291
Payables and accrued expenses$4,308,475$5,008,153$4,142,688$3,489,123$4,205,136
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$4,308,475$5,008,153$4,142,688$3,489,123$4,205,136
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,228,667$4,249,741$4,354,415$4,569,329$4,339,160
Total long-term liabilities$15,429,805$16,742,154$18,112,905$19,442,548$22,553,609
Total liabilities$19,738,280$21,750,307$22,255,593$22,931,671$26,758,745
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$24,132,885$31,468,828$24,549,206$19,579,020$28,286,563
Permanently restricted$14,867,934$14,225,509$13,110,165$12,392,760$11,631,212
Net assets$129,894,685$122,754,038$113,251,624$107,234,332$103,017,546
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,676,424$10,762,022$11,906,416$7,740,046$9,692,922
Program service revenue$50,907,113$50,849,015$47,967,316$47,200,199$44,956,403
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,305,330$2,403,244$1,552,538$1,556,825$1,303,116
Other revenue$118,580$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$56,331,023$53,252,259$49,519,854$48,757,024$46,259,519
Total revenue$66,007,447$64,014,281$61,426,270$56,497,070$55,952,441
Program services$51,094,955$50,498,518$47,907,124$45,808,999$43,438,345
Management and general$4,005,197$4,266,364$3,693,431$3,667,272$3,323,399
Total expenses$57,687,067$57,149,414$53,997,293$51,583,122$48,754,250
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$8,320,380$6,864,867$7,428,977$4,913,948$7,198,191
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$8,320,380$6,864,867$7,428,977$4,913,948$7,198,191

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Dordt University began in 1953 as Midwest Christian Junior College. At the time, there was a dearth of qualified Christian school teachers in the area, and the new college sought to fill that void. The college's doors opened in 1955, with 35 enrolled students and five faculty members. The campus was comprised of a new four-classroom building; the property was set on a former mink farm and surrounded by fields of crops. Once the institution became a four-year college, its name was changed to Dordt College in honor of the Synod of Dordt held in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, in 1618-19, a synod which emphasized the sovereignty of God through his electing grace. Dordt's first four-year B.A. degrees were awarded to a graduating class of 58 in 1965. The college grew rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, with enrollment climbing above 1,200. Many faculty members, intending to teach here only a few years, became committed to the college mission and remained for their entire careers. Although it began as a college for training up Christian school teachers, Dordt has expanded its academic offerings to include programs in agriculture, nursing, engineering, business, social work, criminal justice, construction management, international business, and more. The four presidents of Dordt have provided leadership and commitment to a distinct vision for Christian higher education. Rev. B.J. Haan, who served as first president of the college until his retirement in 1982, worked tirelessly to lay the foundation that is today more clearly articulated in The Educational Task. Dr. J.B. Hulst, a founder and early dean of students, supervised the development of a strategic plan for the future of the college. Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, Dordt's third president, urged faculty and students to make the continuing educational vision concrete in their teaching, learning, and living. Dr. Erik Hoekstra, who began his presidency in 2012, has championed Dordt's mission statement and continues to adhere to Dordt's distinct vision. Over the years, Dordt continued to add and deepen academic and co-curricular programs that, as Dordt's mission says, "equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life." In doing so, Dordt began to look and act more like a university than a college; the institution prioritized robust scholarship, excellence in teaching, and increased opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate. In addition to a diverse array of traditional undergraduate programs, Dordt's academic offerings began to include online studies, graduate programs, and professional-technical associate degrees. Students came from more than 26 countries to study at Dordt, and alumni lived all over the world. In May 2018, the Board of Trustees and Dr. Erik Hoekstra announced that Dordt would become known as Dordt University. The transition to Dordt University officially took place on May 13, 2019.

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