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Calvin College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Calvin College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
83.5%
Admission Difficulty for Calvin College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Calvin College and can I get accepted? The school has a 83% acceptance rate ranking it #42 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,689 out of 3,221 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 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Calvin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Calvin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Calvin College typically requires applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Calvin College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >89%
1280 to 1390 Avg + 83%-89%
1170 to 1280 Avg - 74%-83%
1060 to 1170 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 1060 Low <63%
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Calvin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
65%
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Calvin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
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 for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Calvin College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Calvin College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >90%
26 to 30 Avg + 83%-90%
23 to 26 Avg - 76%-83%
20 to 23 Reach 66%-76%
Less than 20 Low <66%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need 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 83% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Calvin College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

Calvin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,816 1,405 3,221
Accepted 1,523 1,166 2,689
Acceptance Rate 84% 83% 83%
Enrolled 478 411 889
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 35% 33%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
333

Applicants have 333 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Calvin College before the Aug 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
May 2 May 15
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Calvin College and what considerations affect 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 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.