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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When I was first looking for schools I thought I would really enjoy a small, private, christian education. As I grew up in the public school system though, coming to Calvin College was a little different for me. I've made some really great friends but the atmosphere can at times feel a bit too strict. I will be a sophomore this coming fall and last semester I strongly considered transferring but I play lacrosse and that would be something I might have to give up if I did decide to transfer. I was also going through some personal emotional issues the majority of last year and wanted to give the school another shot. I'm happy with my decision to stay as of now and I hope I will take a stronger liking to the school this upcoming year so I won't have to go through the transfer process.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the size of my school! It's small enough it feels personal, yet big enough you don't know EVERYONE. I like that there is still some anonymity. I also love all of Calvin's traditions, like Chaos day and serenades. The academics have not disappointed me at all and the professors really care about their students' success in the classroom and out.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Calvin College is an amazing place to learn, love, and live. The professors know enough to teach you what you need to know and care enough to teach you what you ought to learn.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A wonderful school. Everyone's really understanding, students have a strong voice, and the school works hard to break boundaries and make everyone feel welcome.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I loved visiting Calvin because it felt like home.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I can't really rate the off-campus housing as I live in the dorms. But I hear it can be great depending where your house is and what state it is in.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't gone off campus to eat often but when I have I always find it enjoyable. There is good options and food out there, and whenever someone wants to go out to eat its almost always a new place.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The restrictions on the campus are ok. My main complaint is the open house hours, I sort of see why they are in place, but I think that open house hours should go through the week. The plus the way it is, is that I don't have many people visiting my roommate through the week so I can do homework, but the downside is it can be hard to have a private conversation with someone of the opposite sex, especially in the winter.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Based on the ticket price of the college and how many scholarships are offered the financial aid is excellent. That said though the leftover after financial aid is still a large sum, but can be dealt with. I am an international student so loans aren't an option for me, so financial aid is everything.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I can't really rate the party scene as I don't go to parties, and I have only heard of maybe a couple that have gone on. I have been told if you look for it you will find it, but I am not.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I find the food to be adequate there are plenty of good options for food, but often times the food is ok. Only when there are events does the food get stepped up and is pretty good. I am not very picky and there are a lot of options to choose from which is great.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a living learning community dorm, where everyone is focused on a theme and community. My floor is focused on creation care and outdoor recreation, so the community is centred on the outdoors and is an excellent community. The building was made for community as it has a nice lobby on each floor.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of college students, in a good area and the landlords are known for accommodating Calvin students.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Grand Rapids is awesome, at the forefront of new ideas in food and great diversity in the options of cultural food to your local Wendy's.

5 College Junior

Administration: The administration does their best to accommodate concerns of students and alumni. You will always have a voice and ears ready to listen.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are a lot of scholarships and even more students. You'll receive many scholarships your Freshman year and most will continue throughout your college career but it is hard to attain new scholarships.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties on campus are sober, they're a lot of fun. If you want the crazy "party" go off-campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: It's great, a lot of varieties of food are offered that includes everything from Asian to your favorite pastas.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is simple, convenient and fun. I would recommend everyone to give it a try and dive into the social setting.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a great variety of chain and family owned restaurants, which provides many different cuisine options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is very strict on many topics such as attendance and visitation hours, but all in the best interest of the students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had no problem finding scholarships I qualified for, but it took a while to build up a substantial amount of aid. Even then, I am struggling to pay out of pocket costs. There is also ridiculous expectations of students to keep scholarships.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I cook what I want when I want!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Calvin is way to strict with parking tickets

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of great options to choose from, the hours are horrible making it very crowded.

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