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Calvin College

Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Mich. that prepares students to be Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Through rigorous academic study and intentional Christian community, you will learn to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly in everything that you do.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Since its earliest stages, Calvin has embodied the multidisciplinary approach of the liberal arts. Calvin College and Seminary began as one institution—De Theologische School—in 1876, taking students through six years of curriculum that incorporated both literary and theological training.


Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college fosters scholarship that creates new knowledge, that performs creative work, and that sustains natural and cultural resources. A Calvin education, marked by scholarly engagement with enduring questions and emerging concerns, prepares students to answer God’s call to live and serve in God’s world as agents of renewal.


At Calvin, science comes alive as students partner with faculty to conduct research in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology/geography, mathematics/statistics, nursing, physics/astronomy and psychology..


You want a job after graduation, and we can help with that. But you want more - you want a life that goes beyond yourself, a life that is part of making change happen. Calvin can offer you the kind of Christian education that fills you with a deep sense of purpose - and makes you exactly the kind of person publishing companies and churches and schools and law offices want to hire. 

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Student services

Tutoring - After the form is completed and returned, you will typically be assigned to  a tutor within 24-48 hours. Tutoring is a semester-long commitment; students will meet with their assigned tutor through the last week of class.

Housing services

You’ve worked hard to get here, now make this place your own. Set up your new life in one of Calvin’s seven residence halls. Whether you’re taking part in a floor Super Smash Bros. tournament or attending dorm worship, your dorm is where you’ll build new friendships and find opportunities to lead. Bond with your floor mates during Calvin’s legendary Chaos Day. Serve as an activity coordinator on your floor. Tutor local kids through your hall’s community partnership. 

Library services

Hekman Library:  With a collection of 1.7 million at your fingertips and an excellent staff of librarians eager to help, you'll be set for any research paper that comes your way.

ICT services

The ITComputer Lab is the main student computer lab on campus. The ITC offers many Mac and Windows computers available for use by the Calvin community. Fully loaded with software, the computers offer Internet, Microsoft Office, and specialized academic programs. Color, black and white, double-sided, and large-form printing is also available as well as faxing, scanning, and copying.

Medical services

Calvin’s on-campus Health Services office can help if you get the flu, need an immunization or hurt your ankle playing wiffleball. They’ll also be there to help you manage allergies, ADHD and more.

Student Life

Campus life

Calvin’s beautiful 400-acre campus in West Michigan is ideally located to create a small, close-knit community feel while providing access to everything the city of Grand Rapids has to offer. Enjoy a sprawling, tree-covered campus with buildings designed to promote intentional learning and meaningful interaction. Bike, run or walk on miles of paved paths or enjoy God’s creation in Calvin’s 100-acre ecosystem preserve.

Sports facilities

  • For over 35 years, the Calvin College Kinesiology Department has been offering campus in swimming, volleyball, soccer, basketball and tennis as part of the summer camps offered at Calvin. Calvin sports camps allow children ages five through 18 to develop their athletic skills for both play and competition. Sports camps also encourage teamwork, cooperation, a sense of adventure and lots of fun.
  • Calvin's Climbing Center, also known as "the rock wall," is in the lobby of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. It's modeled after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and has over 50 routes that change weekly

Student clubs

  • Abstraction
  • Active Minds
  • African Students Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Anime Club
  • Architecture Club
  • Art History Society
  • Engineering Unlimited
  • Environmental Stewardship Coalition
  • Equestrian Club
  • Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing
  • Social Justice Coalition (SJC)
  • Society for Professional Educators at Calvin
  • Sport Management Club
  • Student Senate
  • Student Video Productions
  • Students for Compassionate Living
  • Students for Life
  • Calvin College Republicans
  • Calvin Martial Arts Club
  • Calvin Men's Rugby
  • Calvin Running Club
  • Calvin Snow Sports
  • Calvin Student Nursing Association
  • Calvin Theatre Company
  • Calvin Ultimate
  • Calvin Women's Rugby
  • Catholics at Calvin

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's one of the best universities in the country.... Lecturers teach so well...alot is done to improve students performance

3.5 years at Calvin University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My time at this University was beneficial as well as enjoyable. I enjoyed the challenging academics and the social life I found there

A good time, but always room for improvement
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My time at Calvin was great and will be something I will always be happy to look back on. I enjoyed my professors and the academics a lot, there was a lot to do as far as socially and it's located on a beautiful campus in a fun city. My only criticisms would be how the college flaunts it's diversity, but I was disappointed when I arrived. There needs to be more work done...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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