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    Calvin College

    Overview

    Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a world-class Christian college located in the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin is ranked "#1 in the Midwest” among regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Offering a courageous and comprehensive Christ-centered education, the college equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ's agents of renewal in the world.

    History

    Since its earliest stages, Calvin has embodied the multidisciplinary approach of the liberal arts. In 1876, Calvin College and Seminary began as one institution—De Theologische School—offering literary and theological training. The curriculum eventually broadened to provide training for teachers as well as pre-professional courses. Later, the school became known officially as the John Calvin Junior College, a separate entity from Calvin Theological Seminary. In time, the institution became a four-year college. In 1931, the school was renamed Calvin College, the name it is known by around the world today.

    Programs

    Calvin is proud to offer 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, and speech pathology and audiology. Calvin students engage in intensive internships, community-based service learning, and significant research that results in publishing and presenting alongside world-class faculty. And the college’s 400-acre campus, located in the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves as a launching pad for students who, in any given year, participate in 40 faculty-led off-campus programs on six different continents.

    Students

    More than 3,800 undergraduate students are enrolled at Calvin, hailing from 45 U.S. states and 65 countries around the globe. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 23. More than 99-percent of graduates are employed or are in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

    Athletics

    Calvin competes in NCAA Division III and is part of the MIAA, the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Additionally, students participate in 60 intramural, club sport, and group fitness options.

    Location

    Calvin is located on 400 beautifully landscaped acres eight miles southeast of downtown Grand Rapids. It is just a short distance from the 28th street retail corridor, one of Michigan's most densely concentrated shopping, dining, and entertainment districts. With its central locale, Calvin's venues make for easily accessible event locations.

    Admissions

    For more information email admissions@calvin.edu or contact
    Calvin College of Admissions & Financial Aid
    3201 Burton Street SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    1-800-688-0122 (toll-free in North America)
    616-526-6777 (local or international)

    Calvin College

    • 3201 Burton St. SE
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    • (616) 526-6280
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