Calvin College

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School Overview

Calvin College was founded on August 4, 1876, as part of the Calvin College and Theological Seminary by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which practices and professes the Reformed traditions of Protestantism. Calvin College is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and despite its religious affiliation, the college welcomes students of all religious backgrounds and beliefs that are seeking a liberal arts education. The college’s name—Calvin College—came from John Calvin, a famous Protestant theologian and reformer during the Protestant Reformation.

Program Options

Calvin College offers undergraduate majors and minors in over 115 academic and pre-professional fields of study. Some of the more popular undergraduate programs at Calvin College include engineering, nursing and business.

Core curriculum

The undergraduate liberal arts program at Calvin College is composed of a core currriculum divided into three parts: Gateway, Competencies and Studies, and Capstone. Over four years, the average student at Calvin will complete over 45 semester hours of core curriculum courses.


Calvin is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is an active member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Calvin College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(616) 526-6000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,918
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):73%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,844 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$31,730
Out-of-state Tuition:$31,730
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$18,205

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Calvin College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Calvin College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs5
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics10
Health Professions and Related Programs51
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies3
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences4
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences7
Visual and Performing Arts7
Grand total866

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Calvin College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Calvin College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid940100%
Grant or scholarship aid93599%$18,205
Student loan aid54057%$6,861

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,68995%$15,572
Federal student loans2,03052%$6,486

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Calvin College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Calvin College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants3,9971,6622,335
Percent admitted100%74%75%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%27%21%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Calvin College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,918
Undergraduate enrollment3,806
Graduate enrollment112

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Calvin College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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