Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

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Calvin University is a world-class Christian liberal arts university that prepares students to pursue truth and inquire with intellect. Through the integration of Christian faith and rigorous academic study, students are equipped to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.

Join the quest
Here, it’s not just what you know—it’s the questions you’re willing to ask. We believe every major can uncover truths about God and the world, so allare called to join the quest, ask the complex questions, and share in the discovery. So dig deep into the wonderings of philosophy, the intricacies of language, or the beauty of the world at a molecular level. Because when you learn to think through complex problems, you can discover creative solutions that give glory to God. 

Explore all things
With 100+ majors and programs, Calvin offers a transformative education that’s tailored to your interests and equips you for service to the world. Plus, the meaningful work in your area of interest doesn’t begin after college but right here during the Calvin experience—through real-world internships and the chance to research alongside our renowned Christian faculty. Outside the classroom, dive into any of our 80 student organizations as part of a bold, vibrant community.

Unite the heart and mind
At Calvin, we’re firmly anchored in faith in Jesus Christ. And we believe you’re called to carry out God’s mission of restoring creation and revealing the kingdom no matter your interests. Whether it’s in chapel or the classroom, on the court or on stage, you’ll be challenged to investigate, wonder, and be courageously curious about the way your gifts can impact the world for good.

Discover the world
With over 45 off-campus and study abroad programs, Calvin empowers an impressive number of students to experience the world in a new way, from Ghana to China to Peru and beyond. The best part? When you study abroad with Calvin, your professors and classmates go with you.

Experience Grand Rapids
When you think about where you want to go to college, what do you picture? How about Midwest friendliness, big-city amenities, and outdoor adventures? Grand Rapids is an amazing college town with a world of opportunities and entertainment just beyond campus. With hundreds of internship opportunities, innovative research facilities, and an entrepreneurial spirit—plus being named agreat place to live, study, and work—we think you’ll enjoy exploring this city for yourself. 

Live what you love
What is God calling you to do? Who are you called to be? Calvin LifeWork is a one-of-a-kind cocurricular program designed to prepare you for life after college, from your career to your relationships to your overall success in this fast-paced, ever-changing world. Bonus: stick with the program all four years and you’ll get a $3,000 scholarship for your fourth year. 

Calvin is a place where you’ll find rigorous, open-minded, and devoted learning—and where every question is valued. As you investigate the complexities of God’s world in a community of Christians, you’ll find your heart will expand with understanding, wisdom, and wonder.


• Institutional control: Private
• School type: Four-year, comprehensive 
• Academic calendar: 4-1-4
• Religious affiliation: Christian Reformed Church 
• School size: 3,840 students
• Average class size: 23 students
• Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
• Number of registered organizations: 80 

COSTS AND AID (2018–2019) 
• Undergraduate in-state and out-of-state tuition (academic year): $34,600 
• Room and board (academic year): $10,200 
• Average additional fees: None 
• Scholarships: $8,000–$18,000
• Grants: Yes 
• Loans: Yes
• Work-study programs: Yes 

• Average GPA: 3.77 
• Average ACT score: 26
• Average SAT score: 1212
• Essay required: Yes
• Interview required: No
• Application deadline: Rolling, until August 15 
• Application fee: $35, waived until December 1 

• Engineering 
• Pre-med
• Biology 

• Artist Collaborative
• Calvin LifeWork
• Entrepreneurship
• John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows
• Neuroscience 
• Speech Pathology and Audiology

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