Calvin College Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Calvin College was founded in 1876 by the Christian Reformed Church. It was originally known as Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and was located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The school’s mission was to provide theological education to church leaders. In 1892, the school changed its name to Calvin Theological Seminary and moved its campus to its current location on the east side of Grand Rapids.

In 1940, the college changed its name yet again to Calvin College, signifying its broadening curriculum beyond just theology and divinity studies. As Calvin College continued to grow and expand, it opened more departments such as mathematics, engineering and sciences. In 1947, the college opened up its first dormitory for students who lived at a distance from campus. Over the years, Calvin College has seen a steady increase in enrollment both in undergraduate and graduate programs due to its strong academic reputation and commitment to a Christian liberal arts education. Today, Calvin College is regarded as one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the United States with an enrollment of over 4200 students studying in over 100 different majors.

Calvin College, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Calvin College. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Calvin College, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Calvin College is a private, four-year liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college has an excellent reputation for academic excellence and offers several undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2020, Calvin College had an acceptance rate of 78%, making it one of the more selective schools in the region. The average GPA of admitted students was 3.7 and the average SAT score was 1250. Additionally, Calvin College had an enrollment of 3,876 students in the fall of 2020. Of those enrolled students, 43% were male and 57% were female. Additionally, 8% were international students from over 30 different countries around the world. Additionally, Calvin College is dedicated to providing a diverse educational experience to its students with nearly 20 percent of its student body being first-generation college students or coming from underrepresented backgrounds such as racial/ethnic minorities or low-income households. Furthermore, Calvin College has a strong commitment to service learning with over 90 percent of graduates participating in some form of service work during their time at the college.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 92%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 92%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 2,566
Female applicants 1,451
Male applicants 1,115
Applicants accepted 2,368
Female applicants accepted 1,344
Male applicants accepted 1,024
Freshman enrollment 935
Female freshman enrollment 469
Male freshman enrollment 466
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 63%
Class standing breakdown
Freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class 31%
Freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class 58%
Freshmen in top 50 percent of high school class 84%
Freshmen in bottom 25 percent of high school class N/A

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 99%
Average high school GPA 3.6
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.4-3.9

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 34%
SAT Critical Reading average score 581
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 510-650
SAT Math average score 602
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 540-670
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 82%
Average ACT Composite score 26
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 23-29
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 23-29
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 23-30