August 18, 2020 | Matt Kucinski

A student rides her bike near the Calvin University entrance sign.

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 both its health and counseling services.

The education services company features Calvin in the 2021 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges, which was released today. Only about 14% of America’s 2,800 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.

While the schools aren’t ranked numerically 1 to 386 overall, there are top 20 lists in the guidebook where institutions are ranked. These rankings are determined by surveying students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

Best Health Services

One of the lists Calvin is on is “Best Health Services,” where the university ranks 15th in the nation. It has appeared on this list each of the last nine 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 response to the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring and summer, and has been diligently preparing for the university’s safe return to campus with students moving onto campus next week.

Best Counseling Services

And the university is also applauded for its commitment to mental health. The Princeton Review ranks Calvin 10th in the nation in the "Best Counseling Services" category. Dr. Irene Kraegel leads a team of mental health professionals in the university’s Center for Counseling and Wellness. The team provides quality care for students based on the best evidence-based practices.

Discover more about the wellness services offered at Calvin.

About Calvin University

Founded in 1876, Calvin University is a top-ranked, liberal arts university that equips its nearly 3,600 students from 45 U.S. states, 63 countries and seven 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, geographic information science, media and strategic communication, speech pathology and audiology. 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).

A book cover for "The Best 386 Colleges"

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