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Calvin College, founded in 1876, is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts college. It is an institution of higher learning of the Christian Reformed Church, and was named in honor of the 16th century Protestant Reformer, John Calvin. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the college offers Enrolment to more than 4, 000 students every year. The campus covers 390 acres of land.

Calvin College offers more than 100 academic options to choose from. Students can enroll for majors or minors in Course Topics such as accounting, music, education, engineering, business, arts, sciences, nursing, mathematics and statistics, computer science, dance, medieval studies, international relations, and writing.

Calvin College's athletics department fields a large number of collegiate sports teams that are known as the Knights. The Knights participate in basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track and field, lacrosse, and ice hockey. The teams have won a number of national championships over the years.

Profile of Calvin College

Calvin is located in Grand Rapids, MI (a medium-sized city). The school is a Christian Reformed Church school. Calvin is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Calvin has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in science, mathematics, art studies, and liberal arts.

Calvin Selectivity

Calvin does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 530. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 540 and 650. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Calvin has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Calvin had 4, 224 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Calvin has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Calvin offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Calvin Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts194English, interdisciplinary studies, Spanish language, history, political science, economics, sociology, international relations, . . .
Business and Management112business management, accounting, business communications, MIS, business administration
Science91biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, biotechnology, physics, biological and physical sciences
Education and Teaching67elementary school teaching, curriculum and instruction, special ed, science teaching
Therapy and Counselling60psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine58various nursing
Family and Social Work41social work, public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy39health and physical education, parks and recreation studies, occupational therapy
Media30mass communication, communication studies
Art Studies26art studies
Medical Support and Technology19speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering18computer science
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Photography and Commercial Art16film studies, cinematography
Music10music, voice, music performance
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science
Fine Arts4art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Contact: Calvin

Calvin College

3201 Burton SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

General Phone: (616) 526-6000


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