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ACADEMIC OPTIONS

With over 100 majors and programs, you’re bound to find something you love.

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It all starts here! We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. All completed applications receive equal consideration.

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Come visit Calvin and experience campus for yourself! You’ll meet with professors, explore our impressive facilities, sit in on a class, worship with us in chapel and so much more. Find the visit option that works best for you and get a taste for life at Calvin!

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Costs & Financial Aid

Families from all economic backgrounds—many just like yours—are making Calvin work. Scholarships, grants and loans are the tools that make Calvin possible.

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Basic Information

Key Facts

100+
majors & programs
3,840
total enrollment
46:54
male to female ratio
13:1
student to faculty ratio
24
average class size
16%
U.S. ethnic minorities
12%
international students
75%
acceptance rate
86.7%
first-to-second-year retention rate
23-29
ACT composite (middle 50%)
44
National Merit Scholars
400
acre campus

Brief History

A firm foundation

It started simply, as great things often do. But what began in 1876 as a school of ministry training for just seven students has emerged as a world-class, comprehensive Christian college.

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Old photo of early Calvin College building.
Old photo of early Calvin College building.
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Strategic Plan

A bright future

Calvin is a school with a big mission: equipping students to be agents of renewal, ready to step into the public square and renew all things for the glory of Christ. We believe that every student has something to offer the world; every student has something that God is calling him or her to do. Calvin’s job is to partner with each student to discover what that is and then help them develop the skills they'll need to gain that success. In order to achieve this, we’ve charted out a strategic plan that’s defined by three words: strengthen, support and secure.

Key Commitments

Educating for shalom

The great writing prophets of the Bible knew how many ways human life had gone wrong because they knew how many ways human life can go right. And they dreamed of a time when God would put things right again—creating shalom—universal flourishing, wholeness and delight. This is why we’re here and it’s what we’re all about: educating for shalom.

We celebrate diversity

When you come to Calvin, we know you have a background, an identity that shapes the stories of your life. And we believe a student population rich in diversity in all its forms is a real benefit to our community and makes for a vibrant learning environment. We’re committed to the flourishing of all students from every race, ethnicity, culture, gender and ability.

We honor the Creator by caring for creation

Education at Calvin is infused with thoughtful, biblically based principles that help form a foundation for living that honors the Creator and his creation. Our community gardens, campus recycling program, residence hall sustainability challenges and academic endeavors are all pursued with both a mind and heart toward God’s plan for the renewal of all creation.

We see vocation as more than a career

Yes, your Calvin education will prepare you for excellence in your career field—but our focus extends far beyond that. We don’t just equip you to find a job; we empower you to discover your calling. We don’t just hand you a textbook; we teach valuable life skills too, from paying rent to maintaining healthy relationships. We don’t just add you to a tally list of graduates; we train you to be a leader in your work, your church and your community.

Awards & Acclaim

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U.S. News & World Report

“Calvin is ranked #1 overall among Midwest Regional Colleges in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges Guidebook.”


The Princeton Review

“Every accredited college or university offers education, but not every school prepares students for the real world in the way that Calvin does [...] Best of all, perhaps, Calvin provides a fantastic Christian education for little money, compared to other private schools.”

Fiske Guide to Colleges

“Calvin students describe the overall academic environment as challenging but supportive [...] Calvin graduates have few problems getting accepted to graduate schools of law, medicine, or business.”


Money Magazine

Calvin ranks as the top private school in Michigan on its “The Best Colleges For Your Money” list, which is compiled based on educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.

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