Students Say

Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, Calvin College manages to seamlessly integrate “Christian faith and learning.” While Christian principles certainly permeate the campus, students stress that “religion [isn’t] forced.” Rather, the college simply “encourage[s] spiritual growth and provide[s] opportunities for spiritual, social, physical, and mental development.” And though the academics are rigorous, undergrads have the benefit of learning in an “incredibly supportive and collaborative community.” Students here also appreciate Calvin’s emphasis on both “social justice and sustainability.”

Overview

Applicants
3,679
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

53%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 660
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Students Say

Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, Calvin College manages to seamlessly integrate “Christian faith and learning.” While Christian principles certainly permeate the campus, students stress that “religion [isn’t] forced.” Rather, the college simply “encourage[s] spiritual growth and provide[s] opportunities for spiritual, social, physical, and mental development.” And though the academics are rigorous, undergrads have the benefit of learning in an “incredibly supportive and collaborative community.” Students here also appreciate Calvin’s emphasis on both “social justice and sustainability.” Moreover, the college maintains a liberal arts focus and undergrads can explore numerous disciplines. Many individuals are especially quick to highlight the “amazing” science, education, and accounting programs. No matter their chosen courses of study, Calvin undergrads are likely to have great classroom experiences. As one nursing student brags, “The professors are what makes this school. They know everyone by name and help you to succeed.” Additionally, undergrads make sure to note that their teachers “are engaged with the material while also being aware of individual student needs.” A biochemistry major wholeheartedly agrees stating, “The professors are all very passionate about their field and they pass that on to the students.” Importantly, students also find their instructors to be “very intelligent and well respected, but also very down-to-earth.” As this satisfied literature major succinctly states, “I would say that faculty/student relationship is probably one of my favorite parts of Calvin.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.9:1
Total Faculty
345
with Terminal Degree
244

201
Men
144
Women
32
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Richard De Vos
President, Amway Corp

Jay Van Andel
Chairman, Amway Corp

James Wyngaarden
former director, National Institutes of Health

Jeannine Claudia Oppewall
Oscar-nominated art director for major films

Robert Ottenhoff
Chief Operating Officer Public Broadcasting System

Todd Martinez
Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award

Vernon Ehlers
former United States congressman

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,278

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,097

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,919

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,403

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$14,350

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,400
Required Fees
$235
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$3,000
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Students here readily admit that the typical Calvin undergrad can be easily categorized as “white, upper-middle class, [of] Dutch [ancestry], and part of the Christian Reformed Church.” Indeed, not surprisingly, most Calvin students would describe themselves as religious or “spiritual.” However, a knowledgeable senior insists that, “We aren’t limited by the fact that we are Christian, and being Christian doesn’t make us all the same.” In fact, “a great variety of students all with their different styles and personalities” can be found wandering Calvin’s campus. A fellow senior stresses that, “Calvin does a great job at recruiting students of different ethnic cultures and countries. Diversity is something that Calvin is very proud of!” One music education major agrees, stating, “There are a variety of people here: sporty people, nerds, musical people, math and science people, dancers, environmentally conscious people, etc.” Thankfully, most students can also be described as “warm and welcoming,” so “new students always seem to fit right in!”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,894
Out of State
44%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

4.96%
Asian
2.69%
African-American
3.64%
Hispanic
83.29%
Caucasian
1.78%
Unknown
11.58%
International

55% female
45% male
44% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Calvin is always abuzz with activity. As one sophomore psychology major shares, “The college puts on more than enough programs for students to attend during the weekend.” For example, “carnivals and game nights...are pretty well attended and are an easy way for college students to have fun.” Students also love taking in part in annual traditions such as “Jump into the Frozen Pond” which happens every February. We’re even told that “you get a golden towel if you do it all four years!” Aside from testing their mettle in the cold, many undergrads also enjoy participating in dorm events like “floor dates” wherein “a given girl floor and guy floor do something together to get to know each other.” Concerts are a fairly common occurrence as well—“FUN, Switchfoot, [and] Regina Spektor have all come in recent years.” Students interested in a school with a hearty drinking culture might do best to look elsewhere, though. As one freshman reveals, “People more prone to partying seem frustrated with the campus’ dry policies.” However, he does quickly follow up by assuring they do “manage with off-campus events.” And, of course, Grand Rapids offers “plenty of bars and clubs” for students of age.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
88
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
71

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tom Steenwyk

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Follow AHEAD guidelines

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Clear statement of DSM-IV diagnosis. Description of assessment procedures: behavior rating scales, vigilance and sustained att

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

77% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Knights)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.calvin.edu/broene/groups/saga/

Minority Support Groups: www.calvin.edu/admin/msdo/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Western Michigan

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
50

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, CDW, Verizon

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carol Karrip
Visiting Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
3201 Burton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone
616-526-6106

Email
visit@calvin.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Johnny's Cafe
Hekman Library
DeVos Communications Building
Covenant Fine Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Van Andel Arena
The Van Andel Museum
Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Each fall Art Prize also occurs in downtown Grand Rapids

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Froday
8am-5pm
616-526-6106

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 8am-5pm M-F
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
8am-5pm M-F

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@calvin.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
academic year only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Greyhound bus station are a 10 minute drive from campus. Amtrak train station is also nearby. Calvin will provide shuttle service upon request.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-196 and I-96 from Muskegon and Holland use East Beltline exit South to Calvin. US-131 from Kalamazoo use 28th Street exit East to Breton, North to Burton, East to Calvin. I-96 from Lansing use Kentwood Exit (43A) West on 28th Street to the East Beltline, North to Calvin.

Local Accommodations
The Prince Conference Center (on Calvin's campus) has 66 guest rooms with reduced prices for those visiting Calvin. Includes complimentary continental breakfast and access to Calvin's fitness facilities. Please call (616) 526-7200 or toll free (866) 526-7200. Baymont Inn (2873 Kraft Ave. SE, 616-956-3300, www.baymontinn.com) is 10 minutes from Calvin College. It offers free delivered continental breakfast, pay per view movies. Children with family stay free. Comfort Inn (4155 28th Street SE, 616-957-2080, www.comfortinn.com). Exit 43-A which is on 28th Street West is 1 1/2 miles west of I-96. Free Deluxe gourmet continental breakfast and free airport shuttle available. State of the art fitness center, and all new rooms. Country Inn and Suites (5399 28th Street SE, 616-977-0909) offers indoor pool, hot tub, complimentary continental breakfast, free local calls, and pay-per-view. Courtyard by Marriott (4741 28th Street SE, 616-954-0500, www.mariott.com) offers indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, and airport shuttle. Breakfast buffet is $6.95 per person. Super 8 (4855 28th Street, 616-957-3000). Complimentary fitness room and continental breakfast available. Hilton Hotel (4747 28th Street SE, 616-957-0100, www.hilton.com). It offers complimentary airport transportation, complimentary coffee in lobby Monday through Friday, indoor swimming pool with outdoor deck, whirlpool, sauna and fitness area. Spinnaker restaurant and lounge. 24-hour room service and valet service. Homewood Suites (3920 Stahl Drive SE, 616-285-7100; FAX: 616-285-1505). All suite hotel includes expanded continental breakfast, light dinner Monday through Thurdays, fully equipped kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas, king size beds with sofa sleepers. Also indoor pool and hot tub and an outdoor sport court. Quality Inn Terrace Club (4495 28th Street SE, 616-956-8080, www.qualityinn.com). Includes full breakfast buffet and complimentary evening hors d' oeuvres. Indoor pool and whirlpool, exercise equipment, free local calls, free weekday newspaper. Red Roof Inn (5131 28th Street, SE, 616-942-0800, www.redroof.com). Free local calls, ESPN, Showtime, CNN, weather channel, pay-per-view movies. Free coffee and USA Today in lobby.
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Key Stats

3,679
Applicants
3,894
Size
73%
Acceptance Rate
1180
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists

#13