Calvin College

811 reviews
  1. Grand Rapids, MI
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
Calvin College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Calvinist/Reformed
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Address
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Website

Calvin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
1050-1300
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$25,994/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,867/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,910/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,002/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,194/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,535/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,760Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Tall, blonde, and dutch.
    49%
  • All of the above
    14%
  • Motivated
    14%
  • Polite
    11%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Hot
    3%
  • Studious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Community
    42%
  • Diverse
    17%
  • Religious
    11%
  • Friendly
    8%
  • Growth
    8%
  • Intimate
    8%
  • Great
    3%

After Calvin College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses

Reviews

811 reviews
  • Excellent
    203
  • Very Good
    344
  • Average
    220
  • Poor
    32
  • Terrible
    12
Being a public health student has been interesting. The program is very new (only about 3 years old) and it shows. All of the professors are in other departments as well, and there aren't very many students, so sometimes the program seems like an afterthought. But I think with time, it has the potential to be a great program! The workload is pretty light compared to other majors in the sciences, but it's still a considerable size. Internship opportunities are rare, but this is because the department is so small and new, not many connections have been made yet.
  • College Senior
  • Jan 18 2015
Challenging and Intensive: Students Are Well Prepared – This is the first year Calvin has had a Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology, and they have truly risen to the occasion. We do not feel as though we are guinea pigs in a first year experiment because the program is so well organized and the professors are very well prepared. There have been some small bumps along the way, but nothing unexpected. This workload is intense, but it is no more intense nor any less intense than any other ASHA-certified program. If anything, this program is a step above the rest as the professors ensure that each student is receiving the support they need. The facilities are excellent in the DeVos building, and the windows make the environment so welcoming, even when students have to spend the entire day there!
  • College Senior
  • Aug 12 2012
There are many off-campus dining options near Calvin! Subway, Culvers, Starbucks, Bigby Coffee, Krispy Kreme, and Taco Bell are very close to campus. Steak 'n' Shake is also nearby and is a fun place to go out with your friends late at night. Steak 'n' Shake is always full of Calvin students, and the woman who works the late night shift is really nice! Other restaurants nearby are Malarky's, Panera, TGI Friday's, Red Robin, Olive Garden, Noodles & Company, Zoup, and Old Chicago. Noodles & Company has a Calvin Student discount: buy one, get one free for everything! Another spot nearby is Yesterdog, a popular hot dog restaurant. It is a must-go place for all the locals. A little-known spot that has come to be one of my favorites is a local Ethiopian restaurant. It is rather expensive so I do not go often, but I like to go and split the sample platter with a few friends.
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 11 2013