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Sioux Center, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Dordt College


Acceptance Rate 
Admission Difficulty for Dordt College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Dort and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Dort is 72%.  It ranks #16 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Dort is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,074 out of 1,495 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent (SAT 1060/1283 ACT 22/28). Dordt College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.65. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Dort application fee is $0 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Dordt College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 15% of students submitted SAT scores and 83% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Dort SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Dordt College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1060
SAT Scores for Dordt College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 623
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1283
Average SAT Score 1170

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Dordt College?

Dordt College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. Dort ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 15 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Dordt College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1283 and Above Good >83%
1171 to 1283 Avg + 72%-83%
1060 to 1171 Avg - 58%-72%
949 to 1060 Reach 42%-58%
Less than 949 Low <42%
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Dort ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Dordt College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Dordt College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Dort?

Admission data indicates that Dort regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 83 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Dordt College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Dordt College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >83%
25 to 28 Avg + 72%-83%
22 to 25 Avg - 58%-72%
19 to 22 Reach 42%-58%
Less than 19 Low <42%
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Dort GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Dordt College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Dort. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Dordt College was 3.65 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Dort accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

79% of Dordt College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Dordt College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 49%
Top 50% of class 79%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Dordt College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 511 984 1,495
Accepted 399 675 1,074
Acceptance Rate 78% 69% 72%
Enrolled 175 222 397
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 33% 37%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Dordt College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Dordt College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Dordt College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Dordt College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153250 IPEDS survey data for Dordt College.


Does Dordt College prefer SAT or ACT?

15% of students submit their SAT scores to Dort. 83% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Dordt College?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to Dort. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Dordt College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1060 and 1283. 15% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Dordt College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. 83% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.