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Find out more about how Calvin University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump 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

College Factual ranked Calvin as #214 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Calvin also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

See all of the rankings for Calvin University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Calvin?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Calvin University is 83%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Calvin is a good fit for you.

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 )

Learn more about Calvin University admissions.

Calvin University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Calvin it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 3,467 undergraduates at Calvin with 3,234 being full-time and 233 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Calvin is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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