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Calvin University

About

History

It started simply, as great things often do. But what began in 1876 as a school of ministry training for just seven students has emerged as a world-class Christian liberal arts institution. Our dynamic community is made up of more than 3,800 passionate, creative, and engaged students—and the faculty, staff, parents, and friends who empower them.

Education

At Calvin, you will learn from inquisitive professors who are deeply committed Christians. With their world-class expertise, you will discover truth and a bold future. Along the way, you’ll ask lots of questions—and love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind.

Career

  • With an average class size of 24, faculty committed to your development, plus leadership opportunities on campus and off, you’ll step into a connected community that’s ready for you.
  • Discover what life after college looks like. Our innovative Calvin LifeWork program will give you skills for success in a future infused with God’s plans. We believe in this program.
  • Maybe you have no idea what your future holds or maybe you need help jumpstarting your dream job. Whatever the case, our Career Center can thoughtfully and prayerfully guide you and provide the tools you need for the future.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

Services

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. And don’t forget to save time for late-night conversations that will probably change your life.

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.

Medical services

Calvin’s on-campus health services office is a full-service, primary care facility staffed by full-time doctors and medical professionals. Health Services can help if you get the flu, need an immunization, or hurt your ankle playing wiffle ball. We’ll be there if and when you need help managing allergies, dietary needs, ADHD, and more.

Student Life

Campus life

Most halls are divided into two wings, one for males and one for females. You’ll live in a dorm room with one roommate, and share a bathroom with two people who live on the other side of the suite. Every room comes furnished with stackable furniture that can be arranged in many ways to create space for studying, sleeping, and placing extra furniture like a couch.

  • Cable access to popular TV channels like Food Network, CNN, ESPN and more 
  • Wifi access
  • Floor kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, stove tops, and ovens
  • Free laundry facilities, computer labs, study rooms, piano/music rooms, and game rooms
  • Front desk services make sure all your mail gets delivered safely
  • Secure key-card access

Sports facilities

Calvin offers all the tools you need to stay active and healthy while you're here. We have great fitness options, one-on-one personal training, and outstanding facilities. Become a regular in Calvin’s 10,000 square-foot fitness center. Do some laps on the indoor track or in the aquatic center. Join a group fitness class to work out with peers. Head outside and find well-groomed athletic fields, an 8k cross-country course, a dozen tennis courts, and miles of walking paths. Interested in playing intramural sports, climbing a world-class rock wall, or borrowing backpacking supplies? It’s all right here on campus!

Student clubs

You won’t be bored here, that’s for sure. At Calvin, you can live a big life and dive into lots of experiences. Challenge yourself with a leadership position, join a student club that interests you, be active in an intramural sport, or express yourself creatively with friends.

  • 63 active student organizations
  • 100+ the number of concerts, films, and events that are hosted on campus each year
  • 3,570 students from 45 American states and other U.S. territories, 6 Canadian provinces, and 63 other countries

Student Reviews

Perculiarity
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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