The total number of students enrolled at Calvin
this fall is 4,332, an increase of 2 students over last fall. Although
the overall enrollment was relatively steady, the Traditional Undergraduate
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) grew from 4,098 to 4,124. This figure
places the college's traditional undergraduate FTE enrollment slightly
above the high end of our optimal enrollment range of 3,900-4,100
Traditional Undergraduate FTE as established in the college's strategic
Table 1 also shows a
continuation of the trend toward more religious diversity at Calvin,
with a slight increase in the percentage of students from outside
the Christian Reformed Church (50.9%) and a corresponding decrease
in the percentage of those with Christian Reformed affiliation (49.1%).
Diversity in race and nationality also increased, as the numbers
and percentages of Canadian citizens, other International citizens,
and AHANA students are all up from last year. The number of students
from Michigan dropped slightly from 54.5% last fall to 53.2% this
Table 1 shows slightly
fewer Post-Bacs, Graduate students, and Dually enrolled students,
but an increase in the number of traditional full-time undergraduate
students. The male to female ratio is 44/56, and 37% of all students
have at least one parent who is a Calvin alum.
Student Majors (Table
The top four programs of study this fall, as measured
by overall student enrollment in specific majors or concentrations
are Elementary Education (9.2%), Business (5.9%), Secondary Education
(5.7%), and Nursing (5.4%). Other top choices include English (4.3%),
Psychology (4.1%), and Biology (3.7%).
The departments with the largest number of majors
are Education (14.9%), Economics and Business (9.8%), Engineering
(7.4%), Communication Arts & Sciences (6.5%, including Business/CAS
group majors), Nursing (5.4%), Biology (4.4%), Sociology, Social
Work, & Criminal Justice (4.4%), English (4.3%), and Psychology
(4.1%). 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 Biotechnology, Chemistry,
Engineering, Foreign Languages, History, and Nursing. In addition,
substantial one-year increases from 2002 to 2003 can be seen in
the number of Communication Arts & Sciences, Political Science,
and Sociology majors. Increases in pre-professional programs are
evident this year, most notably in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry,
Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Law.
The number of merit scholarship recipients has
remained fairly steady. The percentage of FTIACs (First Time in
any College) receiving a merit scholarship is 58.3% compared with
last year's 59.0%. Nineteen National Merit Scholars are part of
the new entering class, and almost 19% of the class, or 193 students,
are recipients of the Presidential Scholarship award of $5,500.
Of the 4,157 traditional under-graduates enrolled, 1,804 (43%) are
receiving one of the top five merit scholarships.
5), (Table 6), (Table
Calvin students come from 47 different states,
7 Canadian provinces and 43 other foreign countries. After Michigan
(53.2% of all students), the top three states/provinces represented
are Illinois (7.9%), Ontario (4.4%), and California (3.1%). For
detailed counts of students by residence see Table
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 107 students (2.5%). The total non-white U.S. population of the
college is 6.1%, up from 5.4% last fall.
The 193 Canadian citizens in Table
6 represent 4.5% of our student body, up from 176, or 4.1% last
fall. However, Canadian affiliations on campus are more prevalent
than this number suggests, since a sizable number of students classified
as U.S. citizens hold dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship (n=65), and
two-thirds of these dual citizens reside in Canada. The top four
non-North American countries represented by our International student
citizens are South Korea (45 students), Nigeria (23 students), Ghana
(19 students), and India (12 students).
Religious affiliations of students (Table
7) show Christian Reformed students comprising roughly 49% of
the student body, with the second largest group of students affiliated
with an Nondenominational church (10%). Other denominational families
frequently represented are Reformed, Presbyterian, and Baptist,
each accounting for roughly 6-7% of the student body.
Retention and Graduation Rates (Table
This year's FTIAC retention rate of 86.6% is the
second highest ever and represents a slight decrease from last year's
highest rate ever recorded at Calvin (87.2%). 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 FTIACs from last year to
this year (85%) is again welcome news.
The five-year graduation rate of the entering 1998
FTIAC class is the highest ever, at 73.6%--up one and one-half percentage
points from last year's 72.0%. Graduation rates for AHANA students
in this cohort jumped to 62% this year, up from 46% last year. The
highest graduation rates are found among Top Scholarship recipients
(80.6%), Christian high School graduates (79.6%), Alumni Children
(79.5%), and Christian Reformed students (79.4%).
New Students: FTIAC and Transfer (Table
Roughly 55% of students applying for first-time
admission to Calvin this year chose to enroll, resulting in an incoming
FTIAC class of 1,042 students.
The number of enrolled FTIACs that are Christian
Reformed decreased slightly, from 51% last year to 49.5% this year.
Nearly 38% of the class have at least one parent that is a Calvin
alum. The percentage of the enrolling class that is conditionally
admitted continues a nearly decade-long decline, dropping once again
from 6.3% last year to 5.8% this year.
The percentage of the class graduating from Christian
High Schools increased for the third year in a row, from 59% last
year to over 61% this year. Additionally, the number and percentage
of International Citizens, AHANA students and Canadian citizens
increased from last year, while the proportion of the FTIAC class
residing in Michigan declined rather substantially, from 52% last
year to 48% this year.
Admitted to Enrolled Yields (Table
The highest enrollment yields among FTIACs this
year are among West Michigan Christian High School students (73%),
Christian Reformed students (72%), Alumni children (72%) and Canadian
The yield of AHANA students improved greatly, from
36% last year to 53% this year. Yields were uncharacteristically
low for public high schools students in general, but especially
for Michigan public high school students, at 41%, the lowest in
the past four years. 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 increased on some measures compared with last year's class.
Mean GPA stands at 3.54, slightly higher than last year's 3.53,
while ACT Composite scores increased slightly from 25.4 to 25.5.
For a smaller subset of students who took the SAT, scores rose the
most dramatically, from an average of 1176 last year to 1199 this
year. The percentage of enrolled FTIACs graduating in the top 10%
of their high school class dropped slightly, from 27% to 25%.
Faculty Composition (Table
13), (Table 14)
The number of full-time teaching faculty at Calvin
in 2003 is 305, up from 291 last year. An additional 77 part-time
faculty this fall brings the total faculty FTE (a rough measure
of the full-time teaching equivalent which adjusts for part-timers
and reduced loads) to 303 this year, less than a 1% increase over
The number of full-time female faculty remains
at 92, but dropped as a percent of the total from 31.6% to 30.2%.
The number of AHANA (ethnic minority) faculty has increased from
19 to 21. Other notables: the percentage of full-time faculty with
a terminal degree increased slightly to 82.6%, and the student to
faculty ratio based on teaching duties college-wide is 15.0 to 1,
up slightly from last year. Table 14 gives
counts of the number of full-time faculty by department.
Departmental Enrollments (Table
15) & Student:Faculty Ratios (Table
The total number of registered student semester
hours for fall 2003 is 60,473, a 2% increase over last year's 59,195.
In the context of this overall increase in credit hours, departments
showing relatively larger increases (>100 hours) from fall 2002
to this fall are Biology (up 602 hours), Chemistry and Biochemistry
(up 108 hours), Education (up 104 hours), History (up 279 hours),
Interdisciplinary (up 179 hours), Music (up 103 hours), Nursing
(up 200 hours), and Sociology (up 252 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
(7.2 students per faculty), Music (8.7 students per faculty), French
(10.5 students per faculty), and Computer Science (11.5 students
per faculty), while those with the highest ratios are Mathematics
and Statistics (19.8), History (19.2), Psychology (18.8), and Religion