Calvin College in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

(Rating 3.8 based on 5 reviews)
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Calvin College offers 263-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 73%. The most popular test is SAT - 29% of students submitted it in comparison to 82% of students who submitted ACT. 44.3% are women, and 55.7% are men. 10% percents of international students. Calvin College is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Calvin College is 24352$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $33935 and $42620 per year. 73% of full-time Calvin College students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $41,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Calvin College is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Calvin College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,867
$30,001 - $48,000$18,910
$48,001 - $75,000$22,002
$75,001 - $110,000$26,194

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 9690


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3691 of Calvin College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 95 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Calvin College number 12 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Calvin College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Prepaid tuition plan

Tuition payment plan

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Calvin College.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Calvin College graduation rate is above the national average.

73% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Calvin College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Calvin College acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 3% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Calvin College acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 2% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Calvin College full-time retention rate is 86% and part-time retention rate is 50%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Calvin College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1050 - 1340

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 520 - 670
Math: 530 - 670
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Calvin College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
23 - 30

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 22 - 29
Math: 23 - 32
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Calvin College is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Calvin College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Calvin College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Calvin College

The campus located by 3201 Burton Se address in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Calvin College in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Calvin College with 0.4% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Calvin College are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Calvin College offers 263 programs in total: 248 are for Bachelor's degree and 15 are Master's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Calvin College is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers a Master's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Calvin College provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4064 students with 121931 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 93 with 2241 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Calvin College

Overall Rating:

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Overall Rating:

Excellent place, great views, great people. The work culture is just so great! Full benefits, paid vacation days, plus you get free tacos every Tuesday. Can't say enough how much this award means to me and my family, I just want to thank my teachers who have seen me through this far. I just want to thank my trusty mechanic Good O'l Uncle Stanly and his love of the finer things in life. He taught me how to peel an orange, flip a tractor wagon in a hay storm and water ski on milk cartons in the Nile river delta. Without him I could truly say I would never have crossed through the Belgium Alps unscathed. Lastly I would just like to leave a rude comment to the waiter that served me under cooked chicken at Denny's yesterday, Please sir for the love of God and all things Holy, flip the chicken and cook the other side for at least 30-45 minutes or until the edges curl up wings flair out and it starts crowing.

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We love this school & their heart for people, the community, justice & redemption.

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Calvin College or I guess it's almost a University now , has its pros and cons and I want to focus on the aspect of it being still more of a regional institution rather than a national college or university. it is still NOT a recognized name except amongst other Christian colleges and Christian Schools from the same or similar traditions. but for those who do not know much about Christian education, Calvin College is a no-name amongst them and so if you go outside the circle, Beware of the danger of falling amongst wolves so to speak those who are ignorant... I personally experienced this when I worked as a teacher in a public school in a rural area of California and the new (& ignorant) principal thought the word "reformed" meant that Calvin was a reform school for juvenile delinquents or something like that (my resume packet included a pastoral reference which included CRC letterhead, hence the word 'reformed' was on it). this was a few years before internet so I guess he couldn't do basic "google research". I suppose now that even those who are ignorant [ it baffles me that he didn't know anything about the reformation ...but u cant assume graduates of secular education establishments do, anymore] can at least Google a few words or names and figure out that Calvin is a fairly well-respected Christian academic Institution but just a word to the wise that not everybody knows the name Calvin College...the further u go from Grand Rapids the less it will be recognized. And unfortunately there are a few too many locals from the Grand Rapids area who still somewhat control the milieu at Calvin College almost as if it's a sense of entitlement or ownership because they grew up there. And some of them have only been out of Grand Rapids for a few short years in grad school, & then its straight back to GR (Rick DeVries for example). Henceforth Calvin University needs to make a conscientious effort to overcome this regional status ...sort of like Hillsdale College did by way of using conservative radio nationwide to promote themselves very effectively. Otherwise, u can call yourself a university but you will still be a "regional college" ...Calvin MUST make the promotional investment to inform the USA who they are (who we are) ...if you truly believe in yourselves, & prove you're not just content w being midwest comfortable w/ a cottage on lake Michigan.

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Just be sure if you are intelligent and have material they like you better copyright it. They like to use other people’s work and pass it off as their own.

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Location & Website

Address: 3201 Burton Street SE


Religious affiliation: Christian Reformed Church

Calendar system: Four-one-four plan

General Phone Number: +6165266000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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