Getting a college education is a right that everyone has, but not everyone takes advantage it. Although there are several universities located on every state and city, it can be difficult to enroll when a person is hindered by obstacles such as time, finances, and location. The trick is in knowing which school can help you overcome these obstacles while at the same time, can give you a quality education. States such as Michigan are known for the big schools that they have, but there are also smaller schools that offer the same quality in higher education. One of these schools includes Calvin College.
Calvin College is a liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin College is named after John Calvin, a 16th century Protestant Reformer. The Christian Reformed Church in North America founded the school on August of 1876, as part of the Calvin College and Theological Seminary. Because Calvin is a liberal arts college, it established a core curriculum with three main parts. These parts are Gateway, Competencies and Studies, and Capstone. The average Calvin student takes 45 hours of core courses in the course of a four-year degree at Calvin.
Calvin College has 7 residence halls on campus for their students. These halls house most of the incoming freshmen and sophomore classes. One of the most famous events put on by the residence life is called “Chaos Day”, during which the students of each of the halls have their own theme, decorations, and costumes to compete in a number of races and games. There are also several events such as Floor Serenades and Floor dates that are run by each of the halls.
Calvin College has around 4,000 students as undergraduates. The average class size is 22 and there is a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Michigan students comprise 48% of the student body, 35.5% of the students are from other states, and just over 10% of the students are from other countries. The college has an 86% retention rate from first to second year (compared to 70% in the nation) and a 77% six year graduation rate (compared to 57% in the nation). The school colors are maroon and gold and the school nickname is Knights.
Choosing the right school or the right college is a very important decision and every person has to take their time and make sure that they have made the right choice. There are a lot of options available in each state and location, and each person can really think about it first before making their final choice. This is a decision that will potentially affect all other aspects of their future. In the end, it is each student that will benefit from their decision for the rest of their lives. Choosing Calvin College can only help a student improve their life and open up new life opportunities.