The best start to your college experience is good high school preparation. Calvin's recommendations and requirements can help you plan your high school schedule.
|Recommended HS Program||Required for Admission|
|English||4 years||3 years|
|Math||4 years||3 years (College Prep)|
|Natural Sciences||2 years, including lab experience||2-4 years, including lab|
|Social Sciences||3 years||2-3 years|
|Foreign Language||2 years||0|
|Electives||3 years (college prep courses, keyboarding)|
You can use this chart to help you plan your high school curriculum.
While accelerated courses such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate are not required for entrance to college, they are good options for ambitious, talented students and may translate into college credit. You do not have to take advanced level courses in all subjects. It is best to stretch yourself in those fields where you are strong and have serious interest.
Each college and university has its own set of admissions requirements. At Calvin, in order to be considered for admission, you need to be moving toward graduation. If you didn't finish high school, you need to demonstrate that you've completed an equivalent program (such as GED). The following are the minimum requirements for admission. A first-year student profile reflects the middle 50% of our students.
For regular admission to Calvin:
|The writing sections of the ACT and SAT are not required.|
*Standardized test score to be considered for regular admission to Calvin.
The Committee on Admissions will review applicants who fall below the GPA and ACT/SAT requirements on an individual basis. Some of these applicants may be admitted under special conditions, and may be required to participate in the Access Program and take assigned placement tests. Conditions attached to admission must be completed during the student's first year.