Mission

Calvin College equips students
to think deeply,
to act justly,
and to live wholeheartedly
as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.


Calvin’s identity

Calvin College is a Christian academic community dedicated to rigorous intellectual inquiry.

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.

Calvin College does all this with a robust commitment to providing equal opportunities for all faculty, staff, and students. Calvin College was founded in 1876 by the Christian Reformed Church in North America and named for 16th-century reformer John Calvin. The historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity guide the college’s understanding of scripture and inform its mission.

Be an agent of renewal

Do you believe things can be better? At Calvin, we believe in Christ’s promises to make all things new.

After all, what is a vacant lot can become a community garden. What is a muddied river can become a fresh water supply. And what is a broken relationship can become reconciliation in action. With the right lens, and God’s transformative hand in the world, an unsolved problem can become the catalyst for a game-changing solution.

Your studies should inspire you to look at the world in new ways—and at Calvin, they will. You’ll think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly, all while surrounded by a community committed to helping you flourish.

Our Calling

As a Christian college, we are committed to educating for shalom. Discover the biblical roots of shalom and how it shapes a Calvin education.

What We Believe

Learn more about how deep Christian faith shapes the learning atmosphere and community at Calvin.

Church Affiliation

We are an educational institution and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a Christian denomination expressing the good news of God’s kingdom that transforms lives and communities worldwide.