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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  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 3,602 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Calvin acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Engineering, Business Administration and Management, and Nursing. Graduating 77% of students, Calvin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
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
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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
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  • 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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Overall, I have loved my experience at Calvin! Through integrating Christian beliefs in classes, I have grown in my faith and continue to learn more with each class. Furthermore, the professors truly want you to succeed and take the initiative to connect with their students in and out of class.
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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.
I recently graduated Calvin College and loved my experience. I loved how much my professors showed they cared about their students (Especially once you were in your core group/major). I was an RA at Calvin for 2.5 years during my sophomore, junior, and the second half of my senior year. Just like any school there are things that can be run better, communicated more clearly, and choices that the administration makes that could have gone better. Just like any institution, it has to be run like a business. Debts, money, costs, and marketability are all constantly being examined and altered for the betterment of Calvin. But, in the end, Calvin has it's students in mind in all of it's decisions whether we (the students) may like them or not. Calvin, although a social bubble in some ways, was an excellent way to see the world through different eyes via my peers, employers, and professors. I loved Calvin. Period. I couldn't have picked a better school.