August 27, 2018 | News & Stories Staff

A professor wearing goggles performs an experiment in a lab with students looking on.

The Washington Monthly ranks Calvin College 13th on its Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges list. The 2018 edition is the 13th annual college guide and rankings put out by the magazine.

“Washington Monthly measures schools based on what they are doing for the country—by improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service,” said Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of Washington Monthly. We hope that shining a light on the great work being done at Calvin College encourages other institutions to follow its example.”

According to the guidebook’s introduction, the editors “give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt.” They also “factor in pure research spending and the number of graduates who go on to earn PhDs.” And, they “give extra weight to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large.”

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About Calvin College
Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a top-ranked, liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that equips its more than 3,800 students from 45 U.S. states, 65 countries, and five Canadian provinces to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Calvin is proud to offer 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, and 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. Discover more at

Dedicated to student success

175+ students engage in faculty research each year

Top 6% Baccalaureate colleges whose grads go on to earn research doctorates

The Class of 2017 had a 99% graduate placement rate

99% of students volunteer in service-learning activities

Only 2.1% of Calvin grads default on their loans (compared to 11.5% national average)

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