January 11, 2021 | Matt Kucinski

A college student wearing a backpack rides a bike by the Calvin University entrance sign.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin University has announced its fall 2020 Deans' List. Calvin is a top-ranked Christian, liberal arts university, and earning a spot on the Deans' List requires that a student maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester and have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Calvin yet again received high marks in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook, ranked #3 in the Regional Universities Midwest category. Among Midwest regional universities, Calvin also scored top five rankings in the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and “Schools with Most International Students” categories.

The institution is also included in places like the Fiske Guide to Colleges, America’s Top Colleges published by Forbes, and the Princeton Review’s The Best 386 Colleges, to name a few. And, the Princeton Review ranks Calvin as a top 15 school nationwide for both its health and counseling services—significant rankings to hold especially during this pandemic season.

From engineering majors performing in the top 10-percent of a worldwide programming competition, to psychology majors helping pioneer a study to help adoptees improve social skills, to first-year students performing dune research right on campus, the fall semester has been one defined by excellence, innovation, and resilience.

And remaining at the core is Calvin’s mission of equipping students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. The institution prepares students for not only their first job out of college, but also for a lifetime of success and service. And the university’s innovative Calvin LifeWork program further bolsters that claim. The four-year, co-curricular program helps students prepare for life and work after graduation. In a recent survey, 99 percent of Calvin grads reported that they have either secured a job or begun graduate school within nine months of graduation.

Established in 1876 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin has a 2020-2021 enrollment of nearly 3,300 students, representing almost every U.S. state, four Canadian provinces, and 66 other countries around the globe.


To request a zip code listing of all of the students at Calvin University who were named to the fall Deans' List, please contact Matt Kucinski, associate director of public relations, for Calvin University at msk23@calvin.edu or 616-307-7429. Included for each student is his or her year at Calvin, major, and high school. You might like to peruse the zip codes included in your circulation area and include this honor in one of your upcoming issues.

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