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Calvin College Admissions

Reach out to Calvin College's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Calvin College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Calvin College's admissions stats.

Calvin College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist No

Calvin College Application Deadlines

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Applying Early to Calvin College?

Calvin College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Calvin College directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Calvin College

For more information on transferring to Calvin College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Calvin College

Calvin College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Calvin College?

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

Admissions Factors at Calvin College

What does Calvin College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Calvin College for more information on admission factors.

Calvin College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Calvin College, all applicants must submit the following items. 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
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Calvin College?

Students admitted to Calvin College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Calvin College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Calvin College 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Calvin College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 39.13%
3.75 and 3.99 29.89%
3.50 and 3.74 14.27%
3.25 and 3.49 8.02%
3.00 and 3.24 4.62%
2.50 and 2.9 3.53%
2.00 and 2.49 0.41%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Calvin College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Calvin College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 61% of Calvin College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Calvin College?

To be competitive with other Calvin College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1130 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Calvin College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Calvin College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 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 560 or higher.

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.

Calvin College Admissions FAQs

Do I have to submit test scores to Calvin College?

✅ Calvin College is not test optional.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Calvin College?

🟨 Calvin College may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Calvin College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1330


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 670

Calvin College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Calvin College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. 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.

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