Calvin College

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3201 Burton Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: (616) 526-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Calvin College is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,930, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 390 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Calvin College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 100. Its tuition and fees are $28,250 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

One of the largest Christian colleges in North America, Calvin College is internationally recognized as a center of faith-anchored liberal arts teaching and scholarship. The college offers its 4,000 students and nearly 350 professors a campus environment that is just as academically challenging as it is Christian. Founded by the Christian Reformed Church and named for the sixteenth-century reformer John Calvin, the college strives to prepare students not only for their first job, but also for a lifetime of success and service. Calvin's multifaceted core curriculum built on knowledge, skills and character development provides a solid foundation for students studying a range of majors, minors and academic programs, including Asian Studies, biochemistry, business, engineering, elementary education, public health and speech pathology. During 2012-2013, Calvin students from a wide range of disciplines received national awards, including three students who were awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships for science research. Since 2008, Calvin has had 14 Goldwater Scholars awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence Program--a record unmatched by any liberal arts college in the country. Faculty, 83-percent of whom hold the highest degree in their fields, likewise continue to receive national and international recognition for their teaching and scholarship. In 2012-2013 a computer science professor was one of just six professors in the world to be recognized as a distinguished educator by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest computing society. And, a philosophy professor won the prestigious Rescher Prize, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement in systematic philosophy. At Calvin, faith shapes all aspects of life. In a typical year, students are offered more than 700 opportunities for spiritual formation, including daily chapel services, dorm worship opportunities and campus-wide Bible studies, to name a few. And, Calvin is constantly expanding its global perspective. In any given year, students study on six continents and in more than 40 locations. The Institute of International Education ranks Calvin second among baccalaureate institutions nationwide for the number of students who participate in a short-term study abroad program. Calvin is also consistently recognized on a national level for its commitment to serving and learning--a value that encompasses all academic disciplines. And, Calvin graduates get jobs. In a recent survey, 98-percent of Calvin grads reported that they have either secured a job or begun graduate school within nine months of graduation.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation Christian Reformed
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $108,490,611


When applying to Calvin College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Calvin College is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.6%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Calvin College is 12:1, and the school has 40.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Calvin College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Engineering, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Engineering, General 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Calvin College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,930, with a gender distribution of 46.6 percent male students and 53.4 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus. Calvin College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,008
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Calvin College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Calvin College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Calvin College, 58 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Calvin College.

Students who have cars on campus 58%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Calvin College, 64.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,967.

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Tuition and fees $28,250 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,335 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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