Calvin College

Graduates: 142
Undergraduates: 3959
Graduates: 142
Setting: Medium four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $28,025.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,025.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1176 / 26 / 3.66
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 45:55
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Christian Reformed Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 73%

Calvin College is a liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1876, Calvin College is an educational institution of the Christian Reformed Church and stands in the Reformed tradition of Protestantism.[2] Calvin College is named after John Calvin, the 16th century Protestant Reformer.

From its beginning Calvin College has been governed by a clear mission. During its earliest years that mission was to train the youth of the church for callings in the ministry and in education. Soon the mission broadened to training people, by means of a liberal arts curriculum and according to the Reformed tradition, for a life of Christian service in any vocation. Fundamentally, that task remains a primary mission of the college. So stated, it has the apparent elegance of simplicity.

The Christian Reformed Church in North America founded the school on August 4, 1876, as part of Calvin College and Theological Seminary (with the seminary becoming Calvin Theological Seminary) to train church ministers. It began with seven students enrolled in the first year. The original location was on Spring Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The initial six-year curriculum included four years of literary studies and two years of theology.

In 1892, the campus was moved to the intersection of Madison Avenue and Franklin Street (Fifth Avenue) in Grand Rapids. In September 1894, the school expanded the curriculum for those who were not pre-theological students, making the institution in effect a preparatory school. In 1900, the curriculum further broadened, making it more attractive to students interested in teaching or preparing for preprofessional courses at universities.

A year later Calvin admitted the first women to the school. In 1906, the literary department of the college became known as John Calvin Junior College and the college held its first commencement. The student newspaper Chimes was first published in 1907. Around 1910, the West Michigan cities of Muskegon and Kalamazoo fought to have Calvin relocate to their respective cities.

Muskegon offered US$10,000 (approximately $250,000 in 2007 dollars) and a tract of land to attract the college. The city of Grand Rapids countered with its own $10,000 offer and the junior college chose to stay in Grand Rapids. The two-year college in time became a four-year college, and the preparatory department was discontinued. John Calvin Junior College moved in 1917 to the Franklin Street Campus which at the time was the south east edge of Grand Rapids. 

Calvin acquired the 166-acre (0.67 km2) property in the mid-1950s and began a process of turning a biologically diverse farm into a center for Christian higher education. The master plan for the site was developed in 1957 by William Beye Fyfe, an adherent of the Prairie School of architecture. Working with President Spoelhof, Fyfe came up with a set of design principles for the campus aimed to both symbolically represent and physically promote such ideals as the integration of faith and learning; integration of administration, faculty, and students; and the inter-relatedness of all the disciplines.

Calvin has multiple alumni groups, including Knights for Life (K4L), an alumni group for current students,[56] River City Improv, Calvin's alumni improv team, and an alumni choir, alumni orchestra, and alumni theater company.


Chief_administrator: Michael K. Le Roy (President)
Fax: 6165266777
Phone: 6165266000
Geographic region: Great Lakes IL IN MI OH WI
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Undergraduate application fee: $35.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No