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A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
Calvin College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Calvinist/Reformed
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Address
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Website

Calvin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1285
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,446/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,882/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,002/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,370/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,431/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,179/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,602Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Tall, blonde, and dutch.
    51%
  • All of the above
    13%
  • Motivated
    13%
  • Polite
    10%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Hot
    3%
  • Studious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.50 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.81 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Community
    39%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Friendly
    11%
  • Growth
    11%
  • Religious
    11%
  • Intimate
    8%
  • Great
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Calvin College Reviews

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I chose Calvin because it has a dynamic close knit Christian community and small class sizes that would help me to develop my intellectual abilities and personal growth. Calvin college has dedicated professors who do not weed out on any student regardless for race, colour or gender. They make you their priority and make sure you succeed. Calvin has a beautiful campus and friendly students. Calvin college also offer semester interim programs in countries like Ghana, Peru, Germany, Puerto Rico and many others. Calvin college has second best undergraduate teaching ranked by US news and world report. Calvin college is ranked as number 1 regional college Midwest. Calvin is located at the third safest college town in America, Grand Rapid, Calvin College also has a wide variety of scholarships and offers financial aid as well.
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Your Calvin experience all comes down to perspective. Great professors and challenging classes foster a pretty positive environment for learning. Interim classes may seem like a waste of time, but pick something that interests you and you'll be surprised. Don't slack, work hard, and you'll be fine. Dorm housing is nothing to complain about, being so close to academic buildings. There are solid people at Calvin, but it takes a while to figure social out. If you're not from the area, Dutch, 6"2, or wear shorts in winter, it may be a little jarring, but there are great people out there. This is college, not high school, you don't need to impress anyone. Most kids grew up in the area all their lives and have known each other forever, so it certainly is a bubble. If you're from out of the country and are used to nightlife, it's painful to watch. Overall, Calvin's a good place that gives you space to develop as a person. Students listen and learn from each other, regardless of opinion.
I am so thankful that I chose to go to Calvin. I absolutely love it here. The staff are incredible and always take the time to ask you how you are doing. They care about you as a person, not just a student. Some professors even invite international students to their homes for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Easter. The community here is also superb. I have felt so welcomed since coming to Calvin, which was something that I was worried about before going to college. The size of the school is perfect for me, as it is not too large and not too small. Overall, I am so thrilled to be here.