Get to know us

While the full Calvin experience can’t be reduced to rankings and facts, they do tell part of our story. Here are some of the most important things you should know about our community:


 

General

  • Founded 1876
  • President Michael K. Le Roy, PhD
  • Mascot Joust the Knight
  • School colors Maroon and gold
  • Location Grand Rapids, Mich. | Map
  • Campus 400 acres
  • Motto "My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely"
  • Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) and Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)

 

Student body profile 2015-16

  • Total enrollment 3,990
  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%
  • U.S. ethnic minorities 14%
  • International students 10%
  • Acceptance rate 74%
  • First-to-second-year retention rate 85.9%
  • Six-year graduation rate 73.3%
  • Geographic distribution - 48 different states
    - five Canadian provinces
    - over 55 other foreign countries
  • National Merit Scholars 58

 

First-year student profile 2015-2016

  • GPA (middle 50%) 3.45-3.99
  • ACT composite (middle 50%) 23-30
  • SAT Critical Reading and Math scores (middle 50%) 1060-1315

 

Academics 2015-16

  • Majors, minors and programs 100+
  • Top majors and programs education, engineering, business, nursing, psychology, biology, English, communications, kinesiology, speech pathology
  • Student/faculty ratio 13:1
  • Average class size 24
  • Faculty with highest degree 89%
  • Study abroad programs 11 Calvin-run semester programs, 25-30 interim programs each year
  • Students participating in summer research 100+
  • Grants for research 2009-14 $30 million +
  • Graduate programs Master of Education, Master of Speech Pathology & Audiology

 

Costs & Aid 2015-16

  • Tuition $30,425
  • Room and board (21 meal plan included) $9,690
  • Fees $235
  • Books and supplies *$1,100
  • Personal living expenses *$1,400
  • Transportation *$500–$2,500
  • Students receiving scholarships and grants 96%
  • First-year students receiving academic scholarships 86%
  • Average financial aid package $20,000
  • Total aid distributed $70 million

* Estimated costs

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Athletics

  • Affiliations MIAA, NCAA III, ACHA (hockey)
  • Varsity teams 21
  • NCAA Division III National Titles 10
  • Academic All-Americans 107
  • Intramural, club sport and group fitness options 60+
  • Intramural participation Over 50% of the student body

 

Student Life

  • First- and second-year students living on campus 97%
  • Residence halls 7
  • Living-learning communities 10
  • Student organizations 70
  • Concerts and films 100+ each year
  • Service-learning participation 99%

 

Outcomes

  • Graduates employed or in graduate school (2013) 99%
  • Internships reported 82%
  • Science graduates who go on to earn PhDs Top 5% among baccalaureate institutions