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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  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 is a highly rated private, Christian college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,524 undergraduate students. The Calvin acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Engineering, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 72% of students, Calvin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
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
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1100-1330
ACT Range
23-30
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$26,306/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,532/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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.66 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,524Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
222
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Tall, blonde, and dutch.
    51%
  • All of the above
    12%
  • Motivated
    12%
  • Polite
    10%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Bigoted
    2%
  • Hot
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.52 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Community
    38%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Friendly
    10%
  • Growth
    10%
  • Religious
    10%
  • Intimate
    8%
  • Great
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
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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I just finished my first year at Calvin College and I love it there! However, it is facing low enrollment rates at the moment, which makes it difficult for the college to be able to grow (especially because they seem to be in a bit of a financial pickle at the moment). I love Calvin, but the administration seldom communicates with the students before they make executive decisions that directly impact the student body (such as cutting the Student Activities Organization that organizes concerts and on-campus movies throughout the semesters).

However, that being said, Calvin offers a wonderful Christ-centered community that makes an effort to discuss topics such as racism and discrimination with a mindset of loving everyone in God's Kingdom. The people and professors at Calvin are also pretty great (for the most part)--the students at Calvin are friendlier than students at any other college that I've visited.
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I am a freshman at Calvin and so far I love it! Everyone, students, professors, staff, are all incredibly friendly. The campus is beautiful, full of lawns, trees, and cute squirrels. What I love most is Calvin's intentional faith community. The variety of chapels, individual dorm bible studies and worship, and the team of committed chaplains and pastors make deepening my faith easy.
Yes, it's a Christian, Liberal Arts college. However that's not all there is to it. It’s a small campus, so you’ll probably run into someone more than once. There are many student body organizations that help you acclimated your first year. It's located near Grand Rapids, and there is plenty to do there. Will there be nothing to do sometimes? Yes. There will, especially if you aren't a very social person or sports fan, but hey, if you like the solo life, I won't criticize. The food, oh man. It will be good or bad. If that doesn't suit you, then there are multiple restaurants and pizza places nearby. The average classroom size is about 28 people. The professors are pretty good. Some will put you to sleep, but all have pretty flexible office hours so meeting them for questions or just a cup of coffee, or tea, isn't much of a problem. Athletics are solid. If you're looking for a small college with a Christian foundation, then look into it. It might be for you.