Calvin College

Key majors offered
Computer Science
International Relations
Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Urban Yes 3993 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Bachelor Private Baccalaureate College Co-educational 425 (International)

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Bachelor $$$$ $$ $ $$$$ 112
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Calvin College, an outstanding four-year liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is recognized worldwide for its distinctive blend of Christian worldview and open academic inquiry. With nearly 4000 students who come from near and far, Calvin is one of the largest and most respected Christian colleges in North America today. Offering 100 areas of study and a robust honors program, the Calvin curriculum spans a wide range of the liberal arts as well as several professional programs. The College has the stated purpose of engaging in vigorous liberal arts education that promotes lifelong Christian service; producing substantial and challenging art and scholarship and to performing all its tasks as a caring and diverse educational community.


Each of Calvin's seven residence halls consists of a wing of women's floors and a wing of men's floors connected by a common lobby. Most wings have three floors with approximately 40 residents per floor. A reception desk and student mailboxes are located in the main lobby.

The majority of residents who live in the residence halls are first-year students or sophomores, with many juniors and seniors choosing to live in the Calvin's Knollcrest East apartments. Each floor has a mix of class levels, majors, interests, backgrounds, etc. Recreational and laundry facilities (free) are available in each hall.

Student life

Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body. Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work.

To foster each student's faith, Calvin offers numerous campus-wide opportunities for worship, including daily chapel services, the student-led LOFT (Living Our Faith Together), foreign language chapels and dorm Bible studies. Calvin brings multicultural issues alive through a variety of programs such as Rangeela, the Mosaic Community, Project Neighborhood houses, Interim and and semester-long off-campus study programs and the many opportunities provided by the Service-Learning Center.

The Multicultural Student Advisory Board and residence life programs frequently sponsor activities such as salsa dances, hunger dinners and UNLEARN Week. Calvin's festivals, symposia, lecture series and other events attract participants from around the world. These events have grown out of the college's commitment to enhance global learning by bringing the best among Christian and secular musicians, writers and thinkers to campus.

Resources abound at Calvin for the health and well-being of students, staff and faculty. Calvin's new athletic complex includes a fitness club, swimming pool, gymnasium and 5,000-seat arena. Awalking / jogging/biking trail encircles the campus and an 32-hectare Ecosystem Preserve and cross country course offer plenty of places to exercise. There are physical education courses, intramurals and club sports, NCAA Division III athletic competition and a Healthy Habits program.

Health Services provides a primary care clinic and a variety of services to students, including immunizations; screenings for eating disorders, depression and stress; and smoking cessation programs.