Calvin’s reputation for excellence

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

U.S. News & World Report

Calvin University is ranked #4 in Regional Universities Midwest.

  •   #5 in Regional Universities Midwest
  •   #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  •   #20 in Best Value Schools
The Princeton Review

Professors are “extremely talented, interesting, and connected in their specific fields.” Instructors are also “masters at integration of education and Christianity,” making the classes at Calvin less about teaching the requisites for getting a job and “more about how to continue to learn about the field and how Christianity should figure into it.”

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.”

Washington Monthly

Calvin is ranked #8 in Washington Monthly’s 2021 Master’s University Rankings. The guide ranks liberal arts colleges based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. Calvin is ranked #6 overall for research.

Money magazine

Calvin is included in “The Best Colleges For Your Money,” a list compiled based on educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.


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

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

Calvin was one of 123 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation to receive its 2020 Community Engagement Classification, earned by demonstrating significant collaboration with its broader community (local, regional/state, national, and global).

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification Seal
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