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Calvin University

Overview

Calvin University is a Christ-centered learning community, equipping students to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as agents of renewal in God’s world. Here you will discover a bold, transformative education grounded in Christian conviction. Be inspired by innovation, leadership, and artistic expression. Be challenged to respond to the world’s needs. Since 1876, Calvin has lived into Christ’s promise to make all things new. We invite you to find your place in this transformative community today.

History

Since its earliest stages, Calvin has embodied the multidisciplinary approach of the liberal arts. In 1876, Calvin College and Seminary began as one institution—De Theologische School—offering literary and theological training. The curriculum eventually broadened to provide training for teachers as well as pre-professional courses. Later, the school became known as the John Calvin Junior College, a separate entity from Calvin Theological Seminary. In time, the institution became a four-year college. In 1931, the school was renamed Calvin College and most recently renamed as Calvin University in 2019. As the school has expanded, so has our ability to reach more hearts and minds around the world, as new students join us in our mission.

Programs

Calvin is proud to offer 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, and speech pathology and audiology. Calvin students engage in intensive internships, community based service-learning, and significant research that results in publishing and presenting alongside world-class faculty. The university’s campus in Grand Rapids serves as a launching pad for students, who also have the opportunity to participate in off-campus semesters, interim opportunities, and internships on six continents.

Students

Our students are curious, Christ-seeking problem solvers in every field of study. More than 3,700 undergraduate students are enrolled at Calvin, hailing from 45 U.S. states and 65 countries around the globe. More than 99-percent of graduates are employed or are in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

Athletics

Calvin competes in NCAA Division III and is part of the MIAA, the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Additionally, students participate in 60 intramural, club sport, and group fitness options.

Location

Calvin is located on 400 beautiful acres, eight miles southeast of downtown Grand Rapids.
 
The campus features the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the city of Grand Rapids. The preserve’s 100+ acres of native plants and natural habitats offer boundless opportunities to explore and connect with nature. Come enjoy wandering our trails, enroll in a class or educational program, or just sit and relax.

Admissions

For more information email admissions@calvin.edu or contact
Calvin University of Admissions & Financial Aid
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
1-800-688-0122 (toll-free in North America)
616-526-6777 (local or international)

Calvin University

  • 3201 Burton St. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • (616) 526-6280
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