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%
- 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)|
|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.
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.