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
The Calvin workload is tough, that's for sure, but you will get out of it what you put into it. I learned the hard way to do all my homework and complete all assigned readings, and boy has that paid off! My pre-requisite courses well-prepared me for the nursing program. Calvin also has a great core curriculum, free tutoring, plenty of study-abroad options, and cool interim courses during the month of January.
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago
I would like the academic counselors to stop judging their students so hard core and negatively w/o even knowing them. Maybe ask a few questions about our life outside of classes and how hard we work in other areas of life in addition to classes? (Volunteer+internships+job+athletics) if I could go back in time I would have never attend this college. WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME AND MONEY. Most students here don't know what it's like to work your ass off in other areas of life in addition to attending classes full time either. If you are a transfer student, run now, this college is huge on cliques, regardless of their Christain values.
  • Senior
  • 1 month ago
I love Calvin College. I have made so many new friends, regardless that I am a freshman commuter. Calvin College is unique because its staff tries their best to incorporate the Christian faith into all of the classes and show to the public how important faith is to this college. I love all of the opportunities for extracurricular activities that Calvin has to offer. I am a volleyball fanatic and I am able to play volleyball without being on the team through intramurals. Another great feature of Calvin College is that each and every day a chapel is held in our beautiful chapel. Students listen to a different speaker each day, watch interpretive dances or videos, or sing during chapel. It is a wonderful and diverse experience. Calvin College also offers an UnLearn week which is a solid week dedicated to teaching students to forget about race. One last great thing about Calvin is that academic scholarships and grants are plentiful. People who apply don't need to worry about paying the full tuition cost because grants and scholarships are guaranteed.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago