Get to know us

While the full Calvin experience can’t be reduced to rankings and awards, 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 2017-2018

  • Total enrollment 3,840
  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%
  • U.S. ethnic minorities 16%
  • International students 12%
  • Acceptance rate 75%
  • First-to-second-year retention rate 84.6%
  • Six-year graduation rate 75.9%
  • Geographic distribution · 45 U.S. states
    · 5 Canadian provinces
    · 65 other countries

 

First-year student profile 2017-2018

  • High school GPA (average) 3.7
  • ACT average 26
  • SAT average 1175

 

Academics 2017-2018

  • 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 23
  • Faculty with highest degree 89%
  • Faculty-led study abroad options 40+ (11 Calvin-run semester programs, 25-30 interim programs each year)
  • Students engaged in faculty research 760+
  • Grants for research 2013-2017 $28 million+
  • Graduate programs Master of Accounting Program,
    Master of Education,
    Master of Speech Pathology & Audiology

 

Costs & Aid 2017-2018

  • Tuition $33,100
  • Room and board (21 meal plan included) $9,990
  • Books and supplies *$1,100
  • Personal living expenses *$1,400
  • Transportation *$500–$3,080
  • Students receiving financial aid 99%
  • Average financial aid package $23,000
  • Total aid distributed $78 million

*Estimated costs

For more information, visit Financial Services »

 

Athletics

  • Affiliations MIAA, NCAA III, ACHA (hockey)
  • Varsity teams 21
  • NCAA Division III National Titles 11
  • MIAA titles since 2000 105
  • Academic All-Americans 122 (Top 10 among Division III institutions)
  • Intramural, club sport and group fitness options 60
  • Intramural participation 50% of the student body

 

Student Life

  • First- and second-year students living on campus 97%
  • Residence halls 7
  • Living-learning communities 4
  • Student organizations 80
  • Concerts and films 100+ each year
  • Service-learning participation 99%

 

Outcomes

  • Graduates employed or in graduate school (2016) 99.5%
  • Internships reported 85%
  • Science graduates who go on to earn PhDs Top 5% among baccalaureate institutions