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If you want to know more about Calvin University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Calvin University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Calvin University was awarded 30 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general engineering.

Overall Quality

Calvin landed the #214 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Calvin held the #273 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 42 colleges in Michigan, Calvin is ranked at #7.

See all of the rankings for Calvin University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Calvin?

Acceptance Rate

Calvin University has an acceptance rate of 83%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to Calvin submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Calvin University  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Calvin University  ( 540 to 670 )
Calvin received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Calvin University  ( 23 to 30 )

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Calvin University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Calvin, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Calvin University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Calvin University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Calvin University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Calvin the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 57%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  57 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Calvin University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Calvin

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,746 undergraduates at Calvin with 3,524 being full-time and 222 being part-time.

Calvin Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 85.77 out of 100, Calvin is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.77 out of 100
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How Much Does Calvin University Cost?

The overall average net price of Calvin is $25,017. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Calvin

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,797 $20,314 $23,129 $25,123 $29,029

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Calvin, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Calvin, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,710 a year. That adds up to $30,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Calvin is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Calvin Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Calvin make around $44,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Calvin graduates since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Calvin University make the most money.

Location of Calvin University

Calvin University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Calvin University

Contact details for Calvin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3201 Burton Street Se, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 616-526-6000

Calvin University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from Calvin University. Of these students, 988 received undergraduate degrees and 61 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Engineering 114 $63,300
Business Administration & Management 69 $42,000
Nursing 65 $55,500
General Psychology 49 $26,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 46 $30,900
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43 $36,700
Romance Languages 40 $30,400
General Biology 39 $28,100
Communication Sciences 38 NA
Health & Physical Education 34 $29,600

Learn more about the majors offered at Calvin University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Calvin

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 148 students took at least one online class at Calvin University. This is an increase from the 115 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 148 40
2016-2017 115 21
2015-2016 74 46
2014-2015 74 50
2013-2014 98 31

Learn more about online learning at Calvin University.

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