#4 Best Private Colleges in Michigan

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Calvin College overview
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Online calvin.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Christian Reformed Church
Calvin College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Calvin University, formerly known as Calvin College, is a private institution affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 1876, the university sits on a 390-acre suburban campus marked by contemporary architecture and ample green spaces. It offers a liberal arts education with a robust academic profile that features more than 100 majors, minors, and programs, with particularly strong programs in education, nursing, and business. The institution is moderately selective with a focus on applicants' academic achievements and personal character in line with its Christian ethos. On-campus living is facilitated through a range of housing options including residence halls and apartments. Calvin University does not have a widely recognized athletic program, hence no specific sports are noted in this profile. The university's setting provides a blend of tranquil campus life with accessibility to the urban amenities of Grand Rapids, fostering an environment conducive to both academic pursuits and cultural engagement.

In the most recent statistical year 4,079 prospective students applied, and 3,027 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 617 enrolled in the school.  2,764 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 467 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $38,370 plus fees of $250. Calvin College is ranked 284 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Calvin College is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Calvin College overview
SAT 1120/1370
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.84

Applications Accepted

Calvin College overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Calvin College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$250
Room and Board $11,150
Budget for Other Expenses$3,000
Total One Year Cost$54,070

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Calvin College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 13%
Education 12%
Health Professions 8%
Social Sciences 8%
Biology 7%

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