Dordt College will officially begin operating as Dordt University on May 13, 2019.
The last official class to graduate from Dordt College will be the class of 2019.
If you graduate on or before May 13, 2019, you will graduate from Dordt College. If you graduate after May 13, 2019, you will graduate from Dordt University.
In the United States, the primary difference between a college and a university is that a college generally offers bachelor degrees, while a university offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Dordt has offered master of education degrees for more than 10 years and continues to expand its graduate program offerings.
We continue to champion our mission to serve as “an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective” that “equips students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.”
We also remain committed to the Founders Vision: “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.”
These rankings already account for factors such as degrees offered, student body size, campus location, and more. These factors will not change with a name change.
Because a transcript is an official academic record of the student, it will show the current name of the institution. However, the backside transcript key will indicate that, “Prior to May 13, 2019, Dordt University was known as Dordt College.”
A diploma is a ceremonial, historical document, reflecting the name of the institution at the time the student graduated. Alumni do not need to get new diplomas that say “Dordt University.”
If you graduated from Dordt College, use the current name followed by parentheses explaining the former name. For example, you could list Dordt University (formerly Dordt College).
Dordt’s academic logo will change; we will introduce the new logo at Defender Days (October 19-20, 2018).
Dordt.edu will still serve as the domain for Dordt’s website and all Dordt email addresses.
Dordt will continue to compete as part of the NAIA in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The athletic logo, the Defenders nickname, and the Dordt colors will remain the same.
Dordt’s colors will remain black, white, and gold.
In addition to expanded academic offerings that include online education, graduate programs, and professional-technical programs, we have increased research opportunities for both faculty and students. As a result, internationally reputable agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Fulbright Program have awarded our faculty more than $6.5 million in external grants. We recently hosted a South African scholar through the Fulbright Program, and Associate Provost Dr. Leah Zuidema has been awarded a Fulbright award for the 2018-19 academic year. Dordt also continues to increase its global partnerships; we actively recruit international students, and we have filled two 2017-18 faculty postdoctoral positions with scholars from Nigeria and China.