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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Calvin is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,417 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Calvin acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Engineering, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 77% of students, Calvin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Calvin University Rankings

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

Calvin Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1150-1370
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,851/ 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
$20,502/ 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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    97%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,417Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
208
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Tall, blonde, and dutch.
    51%
  • Motivated
    14%
  • All of the above
    12%
  • Polite
    9%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Bigoted
    2%
  • Hot
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.55 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Community
    42%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Friendly
    9%
  • Growth
    9%
  • Religious
    9%
  • Intimate
    7%
  • Great
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ 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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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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Calvin College was a wonderful experience for me. I grew in my christianity, my political knowledge, my education, and my friendships. Christianity-wise, there were always god-fearing people and professors around who you could feel comfortable talking with. Also learning more perspectives that Christians take within the realms of evolution, marriage, absolute truth, etc. Politically, I would say most students were on the left, but there were clubs for republicans and democrats. Educationally, I was challenged. I could not slack off here. I also made the best friends here who I value and think are wonderful people. Overall a great school.
Overall Calvin is average but if I were to choose a college again I would not pick this school. There are hundreds of rules to be followed and grace is not given when these rules are broken no matter the situation. Calvin loves to fine their students whether it’s a dorm curfew, alcohol consumption, or a parking fee they will charge you. This college feels like highschool 2.0 with cliques of people who came from The same private schools. I’d say a large large majority of the school is from Michigan so cliques form fast freshmen year with people coming from the same Christian private schools. The people here are also still stuck in highschool and the student body is the biggest downside of the school as it is predominantly white with little diversity along with the tiny campus with nothing to do. People go to meijer for fun... the student body is strictly hardcore Christian or poser Christian no in between.