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Tuition & Fees

$31,730

$31,730

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

45%

55%

male

female

1
13

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,840
Declined + 984
Total Received 3,824
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Private (nonprofit)

3,869

undergraduate students

121

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Business
  3. Nursing
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Codes

SAT 1095
ACT 1968

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
33%
500-599
29%
400-499
19%
300-399
2%
700-800
15%
600-699
38%
500-599
33%
400-499
13%
300-399
1%
30-36
34%
24-29
37%
18-23
25%
12-17
4%
30-36
21%
24-29
49%
18-23
24%
12-17
6%
30-36
28%
24-29
45%
18-23
25%
12-17
2%
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School Facts

Calvin College, founded in 1876, is a Christian Reformed Church-affiliated, private liberal arts college. Its 370-acre campus is located in a suburban area of Grand Rapids, MI.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 3,990
Established in 1876
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Reformed
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)
•  TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)

Grand Rapids, MI

390-acre campus in Grand Rapids (population: 192,294). Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Calvin College
3201 Burton Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
59%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
95%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
28%
Top 1/4
56%
Top 1/2
82%
Bottom 1/2
18%
Bottom 1/4
5%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
33%
500-599
29%
400-499
19%
300-399
2%
700-800
15%
600-699
38%
500-599
33%
400-499
13%
300-399
1%
30-36
34%
24-29
37%
18-23
25%
12-17
4%
30-36
21%
24-29
49%
18-23
24%
12-17
6%
30-36
28%
24-29
45%
18-23
25%
12-17
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $35
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline August 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required of some

Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,840
Declined + 984
Total Received 3,824

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations

Considered

Class rank
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Ben Arendt
Director of Admissions
P: 800 688-0122
F: 616 526-6777
admissions@calvin.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $4,359,983
State $2,075,513
Institutional $31,926,411
Other external $850,420
Total $39,212,327

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $14,570,694
Other external $619,278
Total $15,189,972

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
equestrian sports
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
rugby
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
ultimate Frisbee
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Mascot
Knights
School colors
maroon and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Art Education
Art/Fine Arts
Art/Studio
Asian Studies
Bilingual/Multilingual Education
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology Teacher Education
Biotechnology
Business
Business/Communications
Business/Mathematics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Classical Civilization
Communication Arts/Sciences
Computer Science
Curriculum/Instruction
Digital Communications
Dutch
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science Education
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Economics/Social Sciences
Educational Leadership/Administration
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering
English
English As A Second/Foreign Language
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Exercise Science
Film Studies
Film/Video Production
Fine/Studio Arts
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French
French Language Teacher Education
Geography
Geography Teacher Education
Geology
German
German Language Teacher Education
Graphic Design
History
History Teacher Education
Information Systems
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Development
International Relations
Japanese
Kinesiology
Learning Disabilities
Linguistics
Literacy
Literature
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics/Science
Mechanical Engineering
Music
Music Education
Music History
Music Theory/Composition
Music/Applied
Music/Instrumental
Music/Vocal
Music/Worship
Natural Sciences
Netherlandic Studies
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Organizational Communication
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Sciences
Physics
Physics/Computer Science
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Religion/Biblical Studies
Religion/Systematic/Historical Studies
Rhetoric/Communications
Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Social Sciences
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education
Speech Pathology
Speech Pathology/Audiology
Sports Management
Theology
Therapeutic Recreation
Visual Art
Voice/Opera
Writing
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Undergraduate

97%

3,869
students

Female
55%
2,136

Male
45%
1,733

Graduate

3%

121
students

Female
77%
93

Male
23%
28

undergraduateFull-time

95%

3,713
students

Female
56%
2,068

Male
44%
1,645

undergraduatePart-time

5%

156
students

Female
44%
68

Male
56%
88

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
72%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

45%

Transfer applicants accepted

43%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

96

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 64
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Ghana
Indonesia
Nigeria
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Tara Braun
Associate Director of International Admission
616 526-7847
tlb32@calvin.edu

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