Grand Rapids, MI
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Right now I am a declared French major but I am very interested in the education track as well. The department though for my major are led by some of the greatest, nicest and caring professors I have ever came in contact with. They are very thoughtful and insightful on students, able to teach the French language with various learning types in the classroom. I for one came from high school with three years of French and I learned more within my first year of French at Calvin than in my 3 years in high school.

There are also ways to get involved in French activities. Sometimes there are holiday parties hosted by the French department. Every week there is pause cafe, which is conversation for a 1/2 hour all in French, and every other week there is a French chapel service.

The two departments, Education and French, have a language program together in which you can be an Education major with a focus on teaching French. This is what I hope to be doing.

The curriculum is great, I am always learning new things in French grammar, and the work load is definitely bearable.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Extremely high standards for academics.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are academically challenging.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Calvin College prides itself in holding the highest standard of academics. We are to learn all that we can about our world to better understand how we relate to ourselves, to others and to God. Faith is not a secondary aspect to Calvin College. Faith and Academics are regarded with utmost intention and importance. Personally i can attribute to the Engineering Department here at Calvin College and say for a fact that it stretches its students to learn how to learn and to make the most of what we learn. There are so many tough things about the learning here that are easily two orders of magnitude (100 times) harder than my Nationally recognized public high school. Academics at Calvin are no joke, and many employers come specifically to Calvin first to look for the best minds to better their companies.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: This school has great academics and great faculty. The professors and faculty genuinely care about you.


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  • 35th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 38th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 44th
    Best Course Variety
  • 74th
    Most Available Classes
  • 76th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

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Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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