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Calvin University Overview

Calvin University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location of Calvin is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Calvin University Known For?

1,008 Undergraduate Awards
$33,766 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Calvin is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Calvin.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Calvin bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,800 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Calvin student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Calvin University Rankings

Calvin holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Calvin.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular General Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Theology & Religious Vocations Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Romance Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Calvin has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Value Colleges for General Engineering College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for General Engineering College Factual
#17 Best Value Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#62 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Calvin University?

Location of Calvin University

Contact details for Calvin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3201 Burton Street Se, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 616-526-6000
Website: www.calvin.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calvincollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/calvincollege

How Do I Get Into Calvin?

You can apply to Calvin online at: www.calvin.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Calvin

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Calvin?

83% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
Calvin has an acceptance rate of 83%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to Calvin submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Calvin University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Calvin University  ( 540 to 670 )
200
800
Calvin received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 23 and 29. Composite scores were between 23 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Calvin University  ( 22 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Calvin University  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Calvin University  ( 23 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Calvin University?

$33,766 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Calvin is $33,766. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Calvin, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,710 a year. That adds up to $30,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Calvin is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Calvin University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,234 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,467 undergraduate students at Calvin, with 3,234 being full-time and 233 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Calvin

There are also 103 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,234 full-time undergraduates at Calvin, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Calvin

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Calvin University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Calvin Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 172
Black or African American 100
Hispanic or Latino 159
White 2,243
International Students 428
Other Races/Ethnicities 132

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Calvin University. At this time, 38 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 52 countries are represented at Calvin. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Ghana, and Canada.

Online Learning at Calvin University

40 Took All Classes Online
148 Took At Least One Class Online
22.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 148 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Calvin has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Calvin

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Calvin University was 22.4%. This is the #833 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Calvin regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Calvin University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Engineering 0 0 114 0 114
Business Administration & Management 0 0 69 0 69
Communication Sciences 0 0 38 28 66
Nursing 0 0 65 0 65
General Psychology 0 0 49 0 49
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 46 0 46
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 43 0 43
Romance Languages 0 0 40 0 40
General Biology 0 0 39 0 39
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 19 20 0 0 39
Accounting 0 0 27 10 37
Health & Physical Education 0 0 34 0 34
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 31 0 31
Computer Science 0 0 26 0 26
Economics 0 0 25 0 25
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 22 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 19 0 19
General Education 0 0 0 19 19
Sociology 0 0 19 0 19
Social Work 0 0 19 0 19
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 17 0 17
Writing Studies 0 0 16 0 16
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 16 0 16
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 15 0 15
International Relations & National Security 0 0 13 0 13
Political Science & Government 0 0 12 0 12
Literature 0 0 11 0 11
East Asian Languages 0 0 11 0 11
Mathematics 0 0 11 0 11
Public Health 0 0 10 0 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 9 0 9
Philosophy 0 0 9 0 9
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 9 0 9
History 0 0 8 0 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 8 0 8
Chemistry 0 0 8 0 8
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 8 0 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 6 0 6
Geography & Cartography 0 0 6 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 6 0 6
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 5 0 5
Special Education 0 0 5 0 5
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 5 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 4 4
Religious Studies 0 0 4 0 4
Physics 0 0 3 0 3
Music 0 0 3 0 3
General English Literature 0 0 2 0 2
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 2 0 2
Area Studies 0 0 1 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 1 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 0 1 0 1
Statistics 0 0 1 0 1
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 1 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 1 0 1
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 19 20 969 61 1,069

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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