Calvin College: Narrative Description

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3201 Burton St., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4388
Tel: (616)526-6000
Free: 800-688-0122
Admissions: (616)526-6106
Fax: (616)526-8551
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Christian Reformed Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 370-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $68.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9922 per student. Total enrollment: 4,180. Faculty: 397 (307 full-time, 90 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,721 applied, 98% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 19 National Merit Scholars, 41 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,952 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 175 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 45 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 1% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Central College, Trinity Christian College, Au Sable Institute. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $23,955 includes full-time tuition ($17,770) and college room and board ($6185). College room only: $3360. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $430 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 52 open to all. Most popular organizations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Environmental Stewardship Coalition, China Club, Young Life, Dance Guild. Major annual events: Rangeela (international student talent showcase), Fall and Spring Music and Arts Festivals, Chaos Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs, crime alert bulletins. 2,331 college housing spaces available; 2,211 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hekman Library plus 1 other with 824,806 books, 790,885 microform titles, 14,464 serials, 26,191 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The city of Grand Rapids provides additional service, internship, recreational, and employment opportunities for students in the area's six colleges. It has a lively interest in the arts, as evidenced by an active symphony orchestra, civic theatre, ballet association, and art museum. Recreational opportunities abound with professional hockey, basketball, baseball, and arena football or concerts at De-Vos Hall or Van Andel Arena.

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