Calvin College

Calvin College

Calvin College, founded in 1876, is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts college. It is an institution of higher learning of the Christian Reformed Church, and was named in honor of the 16th century Protestant Reformer, John Calvin. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the college offers enrollment to more than 4,000 students every year. The campus covers 390 acres of land.

Calvin College offers more than 100 academic options to choose from. Students can enroll for majors or minors in areas of study such as accounting, music, education, engineering, business, arts, sciences, nursing, mathematics and statistics, computer science, dance, medieval studies, international relations, and writing.

Calvin College's athletics department fields a large number of collegiate sports teams that are known as the Knights. The Knights participate in basketball, cross country, swimming & diving, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track & field, lacrosse, and ice hockey. The teams have won a number of national championships over the years.

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Calvin College
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids , MI 49546
General Phone: (616) 526-6000

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Calvin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts218Asian studies, German language, modern Greek language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, Classical languages and literature, English, classical studies, ...
Business and Management112business management, business administration, accounting, business communications, MIS
Education and Teaching81curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, reading teaching, science teaching
Science68biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine59various nursing
Therapy and Counseling43psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, occupational therapy
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy, religion
Media22communication studies, mass communication
Family and Social Work21public administration, social work
Art Studies17art studies
Music14music, music performance
Medical Support and Technology14speech pathology
Photography and Commercial Art9film studies, cinematography
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Fine Arts2art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Calvin in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree82255
Master's degree154

Calvin Student Body

In 2007-2008, Calvin had a total enrollment of 4,224 students (4,391 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 43%
20-21 40%
22-24 11%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Calvin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %
Part-Time 100 %

Calvin Room and Board (2007)

Calvin offers campus housing for 2,479 of its 4,391 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Grand Rapids, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Calvin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530660
SAT Math545665
ACT Verbal2230
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT32%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Calvin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,165
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,165
Room and board $ 7,970
Books and supplies $ 860
Other expenses $ 1,915

Financial Aid:
Calvin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 224100)

Calvin Faculty

Calvin has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4835
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2719

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year116$77,18826$74,662
Associate professoracademic year44$67,44428$64,701
Assistant professoracademic year49$56,96145$56,833
Instructoracademic year6$44,9232*
All faculty totalacademic year215$69,684101$63,310

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Calvin Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Calvin Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Corporate Communications
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Modern Greek Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Calvin Highlights

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What Sets Calvin Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Calvin Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Calvin Dorm rooms per full-time student
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Calvin Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Calvin % of degrees in mathematics
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Calvin Student SAT scores
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Calvin % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Calvin % of degrees in engineering
% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Calvin % of degrees in science
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Calvin Number of students
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Calvin % of degrees in liberal arts
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Calvin % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Calvin Male % of student body
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Calvin Salaries of full-time faculty

checked Christian Reformed Church affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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