The total number of students enrolled at Calvin
this fall is a decade-high 4,330. This represents an increase of
approximately one and one-half percent from last year's fall enrollment
of 4,267. The total enrollment of 4,330 is the highest since 1988
and the 3rd largest enrollment ever for Calvin. The Traditional
Undergraduate FTE (Full Time Equivalent) stands at 4,098 this fall,
just under the high end of our optimal enrollment range of 3,900-4,100
Traditional Undergraduate FTE as established in the college's strategic
Overall enrollment growth is due to a relatively
large incoming class of FTIACs (1,049) as compared with the class
that graduated in May-numbering 979 when they entered Calvin as
the 1998 FTIAC cohort. Healthy retention rates at all class levels
are also a contributing factor, as were slightly larger than average
numbers of dually enrolled students.
Table 1 also shows a
continuation of the historical trend toward more religious diversity
at Calvin, with an increase in the percentage of students from outside
the Christian Reformed Church (50.7%) and a corresponding decrease
in the percentage of those with Christian Reformed affiliation (49.3%).
The numbers and percentage of Canadian and AHANA students are both
down slightly compared with last year, while the number of International
citizens remains relatively constant.
Student Majors (Table
The top three programs of study this fall, as measured
by overall student enrollment in specific majors, are Elementary
Education (9.6% of all majors), Secondary Education (6.8%), and
Business (6.6%). Other top choices include English (4.8% of all
majors), Nursing (4.6%), Psychology (4.3%), and Biology (3.7%).
The departments with the largest number of majors
are Education (16.4%), Economics and Business (10.8%), Engineering
(6.8%), Communication Arts & Sciences (6.0%, including Business/CAS
group majors), English (4.8%), Nursing (4.6%), Psychology (4.3%),
Biology (4.2%), and Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice
(4.0%). Nearly one-quarter (23%) of all declared majors are enrolled
in one of the programs in Education.
Programs showing steady increases in majors over
the past few years, including this year, are Elementary Education,
English, Mathematics and Statistics, Nursing, and Religion and Theology.
In addition, substantial one-year increases from 2001 to 2002 can
be seen in the number of History and Psychology majors. In terms
of Pre-professional programs, the number of students indicating
Pre-Medicine is down somewhat while the numbers indicating pre-law
and pre-architecture have increased in recent years.
The number of merit scholarship recipients continues
to increase as a percentage of all FTIACs and all students. Fifty-nine
percent of the entering FTIAC class received merit scholarships,
up from 56% last year. Eighteen National Merit Scholars are part
of the new entering class, and 13% of the class, or 137 students,
are recipients of the Presidential Scholarship award of $5,500.
5), (Table 6), (Table
Calvin students come from 47 different states,
7 Canadian provinces and 37 other foreign countries. After Michigan
(54% of all students), the top three states or provinces represented
are Illinois (7.8%), Ontario (4.1%), and California (3.2%). For
detailed counts of student residences, see Table 5.
The distributions of students by race/ethnicity
and citizenship are shown in Table 6. The
largest group of U.S. ethnic minorities enrolled at Calvin is Asian-American,
at 99 students (2.3%). The total non-white U.S. population of the
college is 5.4%.
The 176 Canadian citizens in Table 6 represent
4.1% of our student body. However, Canadian affiliations on campus
are more prevalent than this number suggests, since a sizable number
of students are classified as U.S. citizens, but hold dual U.S.-Canadian
citizenship (N=65). The top four non-North American countries represented
by our International student citizens are South Korea (37 students),
Nigeria (26 students), Ghana (18 students), and India (10 students).
Religious affiliations of students (Table
7) show Christian Reformed students making up roughly 49% of
the student body, with the second largest group of students affiliated
with an Undenominational church (10%). Other denominational families
represented most often are Reformed, Presbyterian, and Baptist,
each accounting for 6-7% of the student body.
Retention and Graduation Rates (Table
This year's FTIAC retention rate of 87.2% represents
an increase of one percentage point from last year and is the highest
rate ever recorded at Calvin. The highest retention rates (based
on four-year averages) continue among the following subgroups: top
scholarship recipients (91%), CRC students (90%), alumni children
(90%), and Christian high school graduates (88%). The high level
of persistence of AHANA students from last year to this (82%) is
again welcome news.
The five-year graduation rate of the entering 1997
FTIAC class is the highest ever, at 72%--up nearly a percentage
point from last year. Encouraging trends are the higher than average
increases in graduation rates for students from church backgrounds
other than Christian Reformed (69%), public high school students
(70%) and males (74%). Graduation rates for AHANA students and conditionally
admitted students dipped to below 50% this year.
New Students: FTIAC and Transfer (Table
While fewer students applied for first-time admission
to Calvin this year than in each of the past three years, a higher
proportion chose to enroll, resulting in a relatively large entering
class numbering 1,049 students.
The number of enrolled FTIACs that are Christian
Reformed increased from 48% last year to 51% this year. The percentage
of the class that are children of alumni also rebounded from 34%
last year to nearly 40% this year. The percentage of the enrolling
class that is conditionally admitted continues a nearly decade-long
decline, dropping once again from 7.1% last year to 6.3% this year.
The percentage of the class graduating from Christian
High Schools increased slightly to 59% from last years' 58%. Additionally,
the number and percentage of International Citizens, AHANA students
and Canadian citizens decreased from last year. A much higher percentage
of the FTIAC class are males this year (44.7%) compared with 41.5%
Admitted to Enrolled Yields (Table
Graduates of West Michigan Christian High Schools
show the highest admit to enroll yields of all FTIACs, with 81%
of them enrolling. Normally this group's enrollment yield is about
75%. Other FTIAC subgroups with consistently high yields are Christian
Reformed Students (75%) and Christian high school students (66%).
Alumni children yielded at a strong 76% this year, reversing a two-year
The yield rate for students in other Great Lakes
States has also reversed a two-year downward trend, increasing to
51% from 47% last year. Yields of AHANA, Canadian and International
students have dropped this year after the above average yields last
year for each of these groups. Yields of AHANA students were particularly
low, at 36%. The overall yield for transfer admits, at 67%, is about
average for the previous three years.
FTIAC GPAs and Test Scores (Table
11 & 12)
The academic strength of the entering first-year
class as measured by high school GPA, by ACT and SAT test scores,
and by class rank continues to be strong. Mean GPA stands at 3.53,
slightly higher than last years' 3.49, while ACT Composite scores
dropped two tenths of a point, from 25.6 to 25.4. The percentage
of FTIACs graduating in the top 10% of their high school class remains
at 27%, and the mean combined verbal and math SAT score is almost
identical to last year, dropping slightly from 1177 to 1176.
Faculty Composition (Table
13), (Table 14)
The number of full-time teaching faculty at Calvin
in 2002 is 291, up from 284 each of the past two years. An additional
83 part-time faculty this fall bring the total faculty FTE (a rough
measure of the full-time teaching equivalent which adjusts for part-timers
and reduced loads) to 301 this year, a 5% increase over last year.
The number of full-time female faculty increased
from 90 to 92, while the number of males increased by 5. The proportion
female remains roughly the same as last year (31.6%). The number
of AHANA (ethnic minority) faculty has increased from 15 to 19.
Other notables: the percentage of full-time faculty with a terminal
degree is at 82%. The student to faculty ratio based on teaching
duties college-wide is 14.8 to 1, the lowest in recent years. The
numbers of faculty by Department are provided in Table
Departmental Enrollments (Table
15) & Student:Faculty Ratios (Table
The total number of registered student semester
hours for fall 2002 is 59,195, a 1.6% increase over last year's
58,252. In the context of this overall increase, departments showing
relatively larger increases (>100 hours) from fall 2001 to this
fall are Chemistry and Biochemistry (up 113 hours), Education (up
150 hours), Engineering (up 213 hours), Germanic Languages (up 117
hours), Interdisciplinary (up 1283 hours), Nursing (up 175 hours),
Sociology (up 213 hours), and Spanish (up 287 hours).
Table 16 combines information
on student credit hours with numbers of FTE faculty to compute student-faculty
ratios by department. Such ratios can provide a starting point for
comparison and further inquiry in helping to inform decisions about
departmental needs. The departments with the lowest ratios are Nursing
(5.9 students per faculty), Music (8.7 students per faculty), French
(10.9 students per faculty), and Computer Science (11.2 students
per faculty), while those with the highest are Mathematics and Statistics
(19.8), Economics and Business (19.5), and Religion and Theology
and Psychology (both at 18.6) and Spanish (18.5).