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Calvin College, Department of Business, Accountancy and Public Accountancy Programs Profile

Written by AnonymousOctober 16, 2011
Calvin College, Department of Business,

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Department of Business
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Public Accountancy

Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts school located in Grand Rapids, MI, offers two undergraduate accounting degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Accountancy.

Both programs cover subjects like accounting, marketing, economics, and business law but, because the B.S. in Public Accountancy degree is designed to fulfill the 150 hours of education required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the program includes several additional courses, lasting a total of five years. According to the school’s website, Calvin accounting graduates have an impressive pass rate for the CPA exam — their consistent success on the test has earned them top rankings in the State of Michigan.

Whether they plan on pursuing careers in public accounting or in another industry, Calvin accounting students can expect a highly collaborative learning environment that emphasizes leadership skills and real-world problem solving. Calvin students can participate in many accounting-related community service projects, such as providing tax preparation assistance to low-income and elderly citizens from the Grand Rapids area. This, coupled with the school’s internship program and numerous career resources, ensures that accounting graduates leave Calvin equipped with the skills and experience they need to enter the competitive job market.

What’s the school’s contact information?
Calvin College
3201 Burton Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 616-526-6000
Fax: 616-526-6106

Type of school? Private

How much is tuition?
Annual tuition: $ 25,340
Room and board: $ 8,760
Required fees: $ 225
Books and supplies: $ 1,000

What’s the typical student profile?
Calvin College has a total enrollment of 3,839 undergraduate students. Of the student population, 47 percent are male and 53 percent are female. Approximately 42 percent of all students are from out of state.

What type of test scores do I need?
Range for SAT Critical Reading: 510-650
Range for SAT Math: 540-670
Range for ACT Composite: 23-29
Average High School GPA: 3.60

Regular application deadline: August 15.

Career and placement
During the fall recruiting season, the college’s Career Resource Center organizes frequent office visits to local firms, which give students a chance to explore the work options available to them, while also allowing them to make valuable connections with potential employers. In addition to the office visits, the center’s annual Accounting Night provides students with the opportunity to network with top accounting professionals from around the country.

In preparation for these events, accounting students are required to meet with one of the Career Resource Center’s counselors to engage in a practice interview and resume critiquing session. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the center’s other offerings, including internship placement assistance and career exploration workshops.

All data is as of 2012.