September 01, 2021 | Matt Kucinski

A wide shot of students studying on a green space in the middle of a college campus during Fall.

The Princeton Review ranks Calvin University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, and as a top 20 school nationwide for its health services.

The education services company features Calvin in the 2022 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 387 Colleges, which was released today. Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of the Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings.

"We salute Calvin University for its outstanding academics, and we are genuinely pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 387 Colleges.

Great Health Services

While the schools aren’t ranked numerically 1 to 387 overall, there are also top 20 lists in the guidebook where institutions are ranked. These rankings are determined by surveying students who rate and report on aspects of their campus and community experiences.

Calvin is one of a select few institutions to appear on the “Great Health Services” list. It has appeared on this list each of the last ten years. A team of health services professionals are led by medical doctor Laura Champion, who has more than 25 years of experience and connections in the Grand Rapids area, where Calvin is located.

The Health Services team has been instrumental in the university’s planning and ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discover more about the wellness services offered at Calvin.

Student highlights

In the institution’s profile, Calvin students who the Princeton Review surveyed for the book highlighted their professors, saying they are “masters of integration of education and Christianity,” “extremely talented, interesting, and connected in their specific fields,” and “make us feel welcomed and make sure they are available for all of our questions.”

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the book's profile on Calvin University, The Princeton Review lists topics that Calvin students were in most agreement about in their answers to The Princeton Review’s survey questions. The list includes: “Students are happy,” “Lab facilities are great,” “Students love Grand Rapids, MI,” “Internships are widely available,” and “Recreation facilities are great.”

The Princeton Review's school profiles and 26 “Great Lists” in The Best 387 Colleges can be searched for free with site registration.

About Calvin University

Founded in 1876, Calvin University is a top-ranked, liberal arts university that equips its nearly 3,300 students from 48 U.S. states, 50 countries and four Canadian provinces to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Calvin offers 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, exercise science, geographic information science, media and strategic communication, public health, and speech pathology and audiology. Note: graduate programs in business administration, data science, and public administration will begin in 2022.

Calvin students engage in intensive internships, community-based service learning, and significant research that results in publishing and presenting alongside world-class faculty. The university’s 400-acre campus is located in the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Discover more at

About Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The company’s brand is one of the largest online tutoring services in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 19 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit and the company's Media Center. Follow the company on Twitter (@ThePrincetonRev) and Instagram (@theprincetonreview).

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