Calvin College CIRP Freshman Survey Title

Student Self-Ratings

Student Self-Ratings. Calvin students rate themselves highest in Academic Ability and Cooperativeness. When asked to rate themselves relative to their peers on 18 traits, Calvin students rate themselves equally (76%) in Academic Ability and Cooperativeness. This compares with 65% and 74% of students respectively at comparison institutions. Calvin students differ the most from their peers at Other Religious Four-Year Colleges in their self-ratings of religiousness and spirituality. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Calvin students rate themselves above average or in the top 10% in religiousness compared to 44% of students at other institutions; and 66% of Calvin students rate themselves above average in spirituality compared with 49% of their peers.

Over the past five years increasingly more Calvin students rate themselves above average in Mathematical Ability (51% in 2006 vs. 46% in 2001) while comparison schools have stayed steady (38% for both 2006 and 2001).

 

Student Rated Self Above Average or Highest 10%
Calvin College
Other Religious Four-year Colleges
Academic ability
76%
65%
Artistic ability
30%
30%
Computer skills
32%
32%
Cooperativeness
76%
74%
Creativity
52%
56%
Drive to achieve
69%
72%
Emotional health
58%
54%
Leadership ability
58%
62%
Mathematical ability
51%
38%
Physical health
59%
56%
Public speaking ability
35%
37%
Self-confidence (intellectual)
61%
58%
Self-confidence (social)
48%
52%
Self-understanding
54%
56%
Spirituality
66%
49%
Understanding of others
67%
67%
Writing ability
52%
46%