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 University Highlights

School Information

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

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,570
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 72%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,499 (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: $36,300
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,300
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,597

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Calvin University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Calvin University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 41
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 192
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9
Health Professions and Related Programs 51
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 7
Theology and Religious Vocations 11
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 11794

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Calvin University 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $36,300
Out-of-state $36,300
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $28,228
Out-of-state $28,228

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 822 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 821 100% $20,597
Student loan aid 364 44% $8,151

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,410 94% $19,237
Federal student loans 1,567 43% $6,281

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Calvin University. 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 University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,416 1,523 1,893
Percent admitted 100% 77% 77%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 25% 22%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,570
Undergraduate enrollment 3,467
Graduate enrollment 103

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 University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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