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Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrads
3,763
Tuition
$26,705
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Senior

Academics: Very cool to be an IR guy because we have an intimate group.

5 College Senior

Academics: Some of the best academics around. Excellent and highly reputable engineering, philosophy, political science, and history departments. Nursing program is top notch as well. Growing speech pathology program. Very difficult with high standards but that's how you get a good reputation. We work hard, we play harder

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are academically challenging, the professors are engaged and caring, the workload is decent. There are a lot of core requirements, but that is expected of a liberal arts college. The registration process is pretty stressful, but help is widely available.

Popular study areas would be the reading rooms, individual rooms, Johnny's, and the library. I tend to go to the library because it is convenient and has a serene atmosphere.

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.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Extremely high standards for academics.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author Overview

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Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
312
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
80
Total FT Faculty
312
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,479
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
77%
Programs/Majors Offered
73
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Instructional Programs
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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