Trends (Table 1)
The total number of students enrolled at Calvin
this fall is 4,186, a decrease of 146 students from last fall. The
Traditional Undergraduate Full Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment
stands at 3,969, still within the optimal enrollment range of 3,900-4,100
Traditional Undergraduate FTE as established in the college’s
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 (51.2%) and a corresponding decrease
in the percentage of those with Christian Reformed affiliation (48.8%).
Diversity in race and nationality also increased, as the numbers
and percentages of non-North-American International citizens and
AHANA students are up from last year. The number of students with
Canadian citizenship dropped slightly, from 202 last fall to 185
Table 1 also shows a
slightly lower percentage of female students, 54.6% in 2004 compared
to 56.0% in 2003. Thirty-seven percent (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 (8.5%), Secondary Education (7.4%), Business
(6.2%), and Nursing (5.8%). Other top choices include Biology (4.1%),
Psychology (4.1%) and English (3.9%).
The departments with the largest number of majors
are Education (15.9%), Economics and Business (10.3%), Engineering
(7.2%), Communication Arts & Sciences (6.7%, including Business/CAS
group majors), Nursing (5.8%), Biology (4.7%), Sociology, Social
Work, & Criminal Justice (4.4%), Psychology (4.1%) and English
(3.9%). Over one-fifth (21.7%) of all declared majors are enrolled
in one of the programs in Education.
Programs or majors showing steady increases over
the past few years, including this year, are Biology, Chemistry,
Communication Arts & Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Foreign
Languages, Nursing, Political Science and Sociology. In addition,
substantial one-year increases from 2003 to 2004 can be seen in
the number of HPERDS, Information Systems, Business and Physics
majors. Increases in pre-professional programs are also evident
this year, most notably in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Law,
Merit Scholarships (Table
While the actual number of merit scholarships awarded
to FTIACS (First Time in any College) dropped this year, the percentage
of the class awarded a scholarship rose slightly from 58% to 59%.
Nineteen National Merit Scholars are again part of the new entering
class and over 20% of the class, or 198 students, are recipients
of the Presidential Scholarship award of $5,500. Of the 4,004 total
traditional undergraduates enrolled, 1,798 (45%) are receiving one
of the top five merit scholarships.
(Table 5), (Table 6), (Table
Calvin students come from 49 different states,
6 Canadian provinces and 44 other foreign countries. After Michigan
(52.8% of all students), the top three states/provinces represented
are Illinois (8.2%), Ontario (4.0%), and California (3.2%). 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 114 students (2.7%). The number of AHANA students (African-,
Asian-, Hispanic-, and Native-American) at the college is 223 (5.3%),
up from 201 (4.6%) last fall.
The 175 Canadian citizens reported in Table
6 represent 4.2% of our student body. The top four non-North
American countries represented by our International student citizens
are South Korea (54 students), Nigeria (24 students), Ghana (15
students), and India (15 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 (11%). Other denominational families
most frequently represented are Reformed, Presbyterian, and Baptist,
each accounting for roughly 6-8% of the student body.
Retention and Graduation Rates
This year’s FTIAC retention rate of 86.1%
is down slightly from the previous two years’ FTIAC cohorts
(86.6% for the 2002 cohort and 87.2% for the 2001 cohort). The highest
retention rates (based on four-year averages) continue among the
following subgroups: top scholarship recipients (91%), alumni children
(90%), and CRC students (89%). The high level of persistence of
AHANA FTIACs from last year to this year (84%) is again welcome
The five-year graduation rate of the 1999 FTIAC
class, at 69.5%, is the lowest graduation rate of the past four
cohorts. Higher than average graduation rates among the 1999 cohort
are found among Top Scholarship recipients (80.7%). Graduation rates
for AHANA students dropped from 62% last year to 55% this year.
Particularly large drops in the graduation rate from last year to
this year are also seen among Males (down from 72% to 64%), Michigan
students (down from 74% to 68%), Christian High School grads (down
from 80% to 71%), Christian Reformed students (down from 79% to
73%) and Conditionally Admitted FTIACs (down from 48% to 27%).
New Students: FTIAC and Transfer
The class of new FTIACs in 2004 numbers 902, a
decline of 140 students from last years’ class of 1,042. Incoming
transfers number 102.
The percentage of enrolled FTIACs that are Christian
Reformed decreased slightly, from 49.5% last year to 48.0% this
year. Nearly 40% of the class members have at least one parent that
is a Calvin alum. The number of conditionally admitted students
continues a nearly decade-long decline, dropping once again this
year, from 60 last year to 53 this year.
The number and percentage of AHANA FTIACs increased
from last year, from 57 (5.5%) to 62 (6.9%), while the proportion
of the FTIAC class that are Canadian citizens dropped by over one-half,
from 60 last year to 26 this year.
Admitted to Enrolled Yields
Roughly 54% of admitted FTIACs this year chose
to enroll, resulting in an incoming class of 902 students. The highest
enrollment yields among FTIACs this year are among West Michigan
Christian High Schools (74%), Alumni children (73%) and Christian
Reformed Church members (69%).
The yield of AHANA students continued fairly strong
this year (51%), while yields among students from other church backgrounds,
public high school graduates and students from surrounding Great
Lakes states are lower than the overall yield, (all in the mid-40s).
The yield for females lagged behind that for males this year, as
it did last year. The overall yield for transfer admits, at 64%,
is also slightly lower than in previous years.
FTIAC GPAs and Test Scores
(Table 11 & 12)
The academic strength of the entering first-year
class increased on almost all measures when compared with previous
classes. Mean GPA stands at 3.56, slightly higher than last year’s
3.54, while ACT Composite scores increased slightly, from 25.5 to
25.8. Mean Combined SAT scores also rose, from 1199 last year to
1204 this year. The percentage of enrolled FTIACs graduating in
the top 10% of their high school class also increased, from 25%
Faculty Composition (Table
13), (Table 14)
The number of full-time teaching faculty at Calvin
in 2004 is 307, up 2 from last year. An additional 90 part-time
faculty this fall brings the total faculty number to 397. Faculty
FTE (a rough measure of the full-time teaching equivalent which
adjusts for part-timers and reduced loads) decreased slightly, from
303 last year to 299 this year.
The number of full-time female faculty dropped
from 92 to 91, contributing to a slight decrease in the percentage
of female full-time faculty for the second straight year. The number
of AHANA (ethnic minority) faculty has dropped by one from 21 to
20. Other notables: the percentage of full-time faculty with a terminal
degree decreased slightly, from 82.6% to 81.8%, and the student
to faculty ratio based on teaching duties college-wide is 14.6 to
1, down slightly from last year. Table 14
gives counts of the number of full-time faculty by department.