Calvin College seeks students who will thrive in the academic, spiritual and community life at Calvin. If you are interested in an education that will challenge your mind and deepen your faith, we invite you to apply! Of the students who submit an application, approximately 75% are accepted.


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 U.S. states
    - five Canadian provinces
    - over 55 other 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


Costs & Aid 2016-2017

  • Tuition $31,730
  • Room and board (21 meal plan included) $9,840
  • Books and supplies *$1,100
  • Personal living expenses *$1,400
  • Transportation *$500–$3,000
  • Students receiving financial aid 99%
  • Average financial aid package $23,000
  • Total aid distributed $75 million

* Estimated costs

For more information, see the Financial Services website »

Minimum standards for admission

For first-year applicants
  • 2.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale) or 65-73% in a Canadian grading system
  • 20 ACT or 1020 SAT (510 Math and 510 Critical Reading)
    • SAT/ACT waived for Canadian applicants with cumulative average marks of 75% or above.
  • High school course requirements
For transfer applicants
  • GPA of 2.0 if transferring from a 4-year institution; 2.5 if transferring from a 2-year institution
  • ACT or SAT scores: see above
  • 3 years of college prep math, beginning with Algebra 1
  • High school diploma or equivalent degree (GED)

SAT and ACT test standards

College entrance exam minimum scores
ACT (#1968) SAT (#1095)
Engl Math Reading Composite Reading Math
19 20 16 20 510 510
The writing sections of the ACT and SAT are not required.

Applicants with lower grades or scores are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on condition if there is other evidence of academic promise.



Calvin College does not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender or disability in any of its educational programs or activities.

The Clery Act

Calvin College is committed to assisting all members of the Calvin community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual Clery security and fire safety compliance document is available from the Campus Safety Department. If you would like to receive a paper copy the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Calvin College Campus Safety Department in the Mail and Print Services Building at 3230 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can request a copy be mailed to you by calling 616-526-6751.

The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, college security law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Calvin College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus property.

This information is required by federal law and is provided by the Calvin College Campus Safety Department.

Safer Spaces

Calvin College is committed to performing all of our tasks as a caring and diverse community. Each person – faculty, staff, student, trustee, volunteer, visitor, contractor, and vendor – who has chosen to engage with the Calvin community thereby affirms a willingness to uphold the community's stated standards of conduct and ensure that Calvin College provides a safe environment for students, staff, faculty, and guests of the college.

Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation of any form are a violation of a person’s rights, dignity, and integrity. Such acts debase the integrity of the educational process and work environment and are contrary to the mission and values of Calvin College. In response to any reported misconduct, the college will take appropriate steps to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The college will review and investigate all reports, and provide for fair and impartial evaluation and resolution. Retaliation against a person who makes a good faith report of harassment or discrimination or anyone participating as a witness in an investigation or hearing is prohibited.

Information on Safer Spaces and Title IX may be directed to the website: