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Chances of getting into Calvin College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
76.9%
Admission Difficulty for Calvin College
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Calvin College and can I get accepted? The school has a 77% acceptance rate ranking it #31 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,627 out of 3,416 applicants were admitted making Calvin College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent. Calvin College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Calvin College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calvin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1140-1360
Applicants Submitting SAT
74%
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1360
Average SAT Score 1250

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 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1250 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Calvin College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1360 and Above Good >85%
1250 to 1360 Avg + 77%-85%
1140 to 1250 Avg - 66%-77%
1030 to 1140 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 1030 Low <54%
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Calvin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

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 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Calvin College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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%
27 to 30 Avg + 77%-85%
24 to 27 Avg - 66%-77%
21 to 24 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 21 Low <54%
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Calvin College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.67
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Calvin College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Calvin College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Calvin College was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.67 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Calvin College accepts 77% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Calvin College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 53% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 14% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 6% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 8% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

60% 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 34%
Top 25% of class 60%
Top 50% of class 85%
Bottom 50% of class 15%
Bottom 25% of class 5%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Calvin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,893 1,523 3,416
Accepted 1,459 1,168 2,627
Acceptance Rate 77% 77% 77%
Enrolled 415 375 790
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 32% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
299

Applicants have 299 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Calvin College Admission 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?

77% of those who apply are granted admission to Calvin College. Admission competition is 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 1140 and 1360. 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 24 and 30. 53% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.