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Reformed Bible College: Narrative Description


3333 East Beltline, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-9749
Tel: (616)222-3000; 800-511-3749; Admissions: (616)222-3000; Fax: (616)222-3045; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent religious, 4-year, specialized, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1939. Setting: 34-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $5.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7433 per student. Total enrollment: 298. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 136 applied, 41% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 52% from top half. Full-time: 237 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 61 students, 31% women, 69% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 8 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 21% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 71% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; education; area/ethnic studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Grand Rapids Community College, Cornerstone University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $15,240 includes full-time tuition ($9670), mandatory fees ($470), and college room and board ($5100). College room only: $2300. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $405 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $80 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 9 open to all. Most popular organizations: Bible study and prayer groups, Student Council, yearbook, Well-spring Drama Club. Major annual events: Christmas Banquet, Fall Retreat, Mall Madness. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 167 college housing spaces available; 120 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Zondervan Library with 55,760 books, 4,767 microform titles, 234 serials, 3,855 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $313,156. 27 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See Calvin College.

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