C
#4 Best Private Colleges in Michigan

Calvin College Admission Requirements

Grand Rapids, Michigan

 1 Reviews

Chances of getting into Calvin College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
73%
Admission Difficulty for Calvin College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Calvin College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Calvin College is 73%.  It ranks #23 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Calvin College is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 2,342 out of 3,199 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent (SAT 1100/1320 ACT 23/30). Calvin College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.83. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Calvin College application fee is $35 and applications are due by Aug 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Calvin College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Calvin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1100-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
74%
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1210

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Calvin College?

Calvin College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. Calvin College ranks #4 in Michigan and #231 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Find other colleges with similar SAT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Calvin College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >84%
1210 to 1320 Avg + 73%-84%
1100 to 1210 Avg - 59%-73%
990 to 1100 Reach 43%-59%
Less than 990 Low <43%
Calculate My Chances 

Calvin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
53%
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Calvin College?

Admission data indicates that Calvin College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Michigan and #230 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Calvin College.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Calvin College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >85%
26 to 30 Avg + 73%-85%
23 to 26 Avg - 61%-73%
20 to 23 Reach 47%-61%
Less than 20 Low <47%
Calculate My Chances 

Calvin College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
3.83
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Calvin College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Calvin College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Calvin College was 3.83 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Calvin College accepts 73% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

Other Colleges to Consider 

High School Class Rank

62% of Calvin College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Calvin College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 35%
Top 25% of class 62%
Top 50% of class 87%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Calvin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,788 1,409 3,199
Accepted 1,330 1,012 2,342
Acceptance Rate 74% 72% 73%
Enrolled 356 288 644
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 28% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
257

Applicants have 257 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Calvin College is $35.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Calvin College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Calvin College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Calvin College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=169080 IPEDS survey data for Calvin College.

FAQs

Does Calvin College prefer SAT or ACT?

74% of students submit their SAT scores to Calvin College. 53% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Calvin College?

73% of those who apply are granted admission to Calvin College. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Calvin College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1320. 74% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Calvin College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. 53% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.