Calvin College seeks students who will thrive in the academic, spiritual and community life at Calvin. If you are interested in an education that will challenge your mind and deepen your faith, we invite you to apply! Of the students who submit an application, approximately 75% are accepted.

 

Student body profile 2014-15

  • Total enrollment 3,993
  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%
  • U.S. ethnic minorities 13%
  • International students 11%
  • Acceptance rate 73%
  • First-to-second-year retention rate 87.4%
  • Six-year graduation rate 72.5%
  • Geographic distribution - 47 different states
    - five Canadian provinces
    - over 55 other foreign countries
  • National Merit Scholars 57

 

First-year student profile 2014-2015

  • GPA (middle 50%) 3.45-3.99
  • ACT composite (middle 50%) 23-29
  • SAT Critical Reading and Math scores (middle 50%) 1080-1290

 

Costs & Aid 2014-15

  • Tuition $29,400
  • Room and board (21 meal plan included) $9,485
  • Fees $235
  • Books & supplies *$1,000
  • Personal living expenses *$1,300
  • Transportation *$500-$2,500
  • Students receiving scholarships, grants and/or loans 95%
  • First-year students receiving academic scholarships 80%
  • Average financial aid package $20,000
  • Total aid $67 million
* Estimated costs

For more information, see the Financial Services website »

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Minimum standards for admission

For first-year applicants
  • 2.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale) or 65-73% in a Canadian grading system
  • 20 ACT or 940 SAT (470 Math and 470 Critical Reading)
    • SAT/ACT waived for Canadian applicants with cumulative average marks of 75% or above.
  • High school course requirements
For transfer applicants
  • GPA of 2.0 if transferring from a 4-year institution; 2.5 if transferring from a 2-year institution
  • ACT or SAT scores: see above
  • 3 years of college prep math, beginning with Algebra 1
  • High school diploma or equivalent degree (GED)

SAT and ACT test standards

College entrance exam minimum scores
ACT (#1968) SAT (#1095)
Engl Math Reading Composite Reading Math
19 20 16 20 470 470
The writing sections of the ACT and SAT are not required.

Applicants with lower grades or scores are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on condition if there is other evidence of academic promise.

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The Clery Act

Calvin College is committed to assisting all members of the Calvin community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual Clery security and fire safety compliance document covers such topics as crime prevention, fire safety, college security law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus.

For a paper copy, stop by the Calvin College Campus Safety Department in the Mail and Print Services Building at 3230 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, Mich., 49546, or call 616-526-6751.