Calvin’s reputation for excellence

Calvin is widely recognized as an excellent institution of higher education.

U.S. News & World Report

Calvin College is ranked #1 in Regional Colleges Midwest.

  •   #1 (tie) in Regional Colleges Midwest
  •   #1 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  •   #1 in Best Colleges for Veterans
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.


Calvin is ranked #183 in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges,” which looks at the cost of a degree vs. long tail worth in measuring return-on-investment.

Washington Monthly

#87 on the 2015 liberal arts college list. What they say about their ranking system: “We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

Barron’s Guide

“Among a recent study of 925 private colleges, Calvin ranked 15th in the number of students going on to earn a Ph.D.”

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

Calvin was one of 240 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, earned by demonstrating significant collaboration with its broader community (local, regional/state, national, and global).

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification Seal
Top Fulbright-Producing College

Calvin College is a top Fulbright Scholar producer among bachelor’s institutions in 2014-15, according to The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website lists Calvin College as one of just six bachelor’s institutions in the nation to have at least two faculty members awarded prestigious Fulbright grants in 2014-15.

Peace Corps Top Schools Ranking

In 2015, Calvin College made its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With nine graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the college ranks 20th this year among small schools nationwide. Since the agency was created in 1961, 197 Calvin graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001.

US News Best Colleges Regional College Midwest 2018

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