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Transfer: New Students

New transfer students - Welcome!

1. Getting started

Once you have been admitted and have decided to come to Calvin, paying your enrollment deposit will initiate your student status.

2. Enrolling

For information about setting up your accounts, enrolling (housing, orientation sign up, etc.), financial aid, and health forms, visit the admitted student page. Visit the e-Enroll FAQ if you have questions.

Please start using your new Calvin student e-mail account. Many important notifications are sent to your [username] address.

3. New student checklist

Review the new student checklist for links and instructions for: signing up for emergency notifications, designating an emergency contact, registering a bike and/or a vehicle, updating your address and directory information, and reserving your textbooks.

4. Registration

Once you are set up as a student, the registrar's office will reach out to you about registration and scheduling preferences. Depending on the timing, you may receive a phone call or an e-mail. This is a very detailed process, your patience is appreciated.

In order to help the process along, please send your final transcripts as soon as possible, send any AP scores you have, and review the core pages. You can compare these pages with the preliminary transfer evaluation that came with your admissions packet to gain an understanding of how your courses match up with Calvin's core.

Calvin has a Foreign Language requirement that is fulfilled by taking the second intermediate language course - generally the fourth college semester. If you took four years in high school with grades C or better, you may be exempt. There is a world language assessment that you will take prior to orientation (some assessments have written-on campus portion during orientation). This will help us best determine your langage level.

The registrar's office will pre-register you for courses. You will confirm this schedule and make any needed adjustments with a faculty advisor during orientation.

Due to the volume of students to be served in this process, specific preferential course adjustments will not be made until after meeting with your orientation advisor. If you have an essential large-scale change, such as switching majors, please contact the registrar's office.

5. Additional resources

Visit Students page for important links and resources. It will be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with Calvin's resources like: Career Development, the Broene Counseling Center, Dining Services, Student Activities, and more. This page also includes links for changing your passphrase, IT accounts, and the JobShop (student employment).

Visit the academic advising pages.

Visit the website of your academic program.

Technology HelpDesk

Please call the Calvin HelpDesk for trouble with technology or setting up student accounts: 616-526-8555.

Notes about text books

The Calvin College Bookstore will be your resource for course materials and books. Since the timing is tighter with your first semester registration, plan on purchasing books and materials once you are on campus. The bookstore is generally open on the Saturday before the beginning of class - this would be a good time to plan to purchase your books.

Academic scholarships for transfer students are awarded to students entering in the fall and spring semesters.

Specific questions about transfer credit may be sent to the Transfer Advisor.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page.