Calvin College is a distinctively Christian, academically excellent liberal arts college that shapes minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. It is ranked among the top tier of national Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report (2011).
Calvin is a college of the Christian Reformed Church, a denomination that traces its American origin to 19th century immigrants from the Netherlands who settled in western Michigan in search of religious freedom. Some of these immigrants founded Calvin College and Seminary in 1876 to provide ministerial training. The curriculum gradually broadened and Calvin awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921.
Calvin offers majors and minors in more than 100 academic and pre-professional fields. The most popular majors include business, engineering and nursing. Many students participate in short-term study abroad - in any given year, students study on six continents in more than 40 locations.
Approximately 4,000 undergraduate students - 53% female, 47% male - are enrolled at Calvin. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 22. First-year students are required to live in residence halls or at home with parents.
Calvin competes in NCAA Division III and is part of the MIAA, the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conferences. Men's sports include cross country, golf, track, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and swimming. Women's sports are cross country, golf, track, basketball, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball and swimming.
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.