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Calvin College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Calvin College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 15 and the application fee costs $35. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Applying Early to Calvin College?

Calvin College does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Calvin College

Getting into Calvin College is moderately difficult. Calvin College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Calvin College accepted 77% of all applicants., around 2,616 of the 3,401 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Calvin College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of Michigan, getting into Calvin College is moderately difficult.

What Does Calvin College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Calvin College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Calvin College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Calvin College must submit the following items. Double check with Calvin College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Calvin College?

Students admitted to Calvin College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 39% submitted a class rank. At Calvin College 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Calvin College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 39%

Calvin College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2020, 75% of Calvin College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 52% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Calvin College?

To be competitive with other Calvin College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Calvin College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Calvin College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Calvin College students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Calvin College?

To be most competitive at Calvin College, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Calvin College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Calvin College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Calvin College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Calvin College.Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Calvin College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

Calvin College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Calvin College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Calvin College.

Does Calvin College accept transfer credits?

Calvin College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Calvin College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Calvin College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Calvin College?

Calvin College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Calvin College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

77%

How hard is it to get into Calvin College? Calvin College is a somewhat selective institution. The Calvin College acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.

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Calvin College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Calvin College is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Calvin College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Calvin College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

24 to 30

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Calvin College is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Calvin College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Calvin College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1340

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Math SAT Range

560 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

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Calvin College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.83

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Calvin College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.83. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,570

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

77%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$37,806

Out-of-State

$37,806

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 15
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