Consider these exciting options

The learning opportunities listed below are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to academics at Calvin. With all these options, you're sure to find your niche.

The Calvin Honors Program

Over 500 Calvin students participate in the Calvin Honors Program, which provides opportunities to deepen your studies and learn in innovative, interdisciplinary settings. Learn more.

Honors Fellows

Calvin's Honors Fellows Program celebrates the academic and extracurricular achievements of top students entering Calvin's incoming class. It creates a unique community in which Honors Fellows pursue deeper learning in and beyond the classroom.

Summer Science Research

Over 100 summer research fellowships are available in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, biochemistry, geology, geography, engineering, mathematics, physics and psychology. Apply in the spring semester of each year for positions the following summer.

McGregor Summer Research Fellowships

Research isn't just for the sciences. Apply for one of 12+ summer research positions with professors in areas such as political science, music, sociology, communications and more. Apply in the spring semester of each year for positions the following summer.

First-Year Research in Earth Science (FYRES)

This hands-on research course is for first-year students in any major (or undecided) and fulfills your general science core requirement. Conduct sand dune research and present your findings to community partners. Apply at

Phage Research Program

Discover your own bacterial virus, called a “phage” in this first-year, two-semester research course for students majoring in the sciences. You'll also get a chance to sequence your phage's DNA and catalog its data in an international database. Apply at

New Mexico Semester

Not sure what to study in college, or if you want to go to college at all? Take the pressure off by spending your first semester in beautiful New Mexico, where you'll explore calling, the liberal arts and the great outdoors, all while earning college credit. Opportunities are available for mission or service work during the spring semester. Apply at

Music ensembles

You don't have to be a music major at Calvin to participate in one of nine ensembles: Capella, Women's Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Campus Choir, Calvin Orchestra, Oratorio Society, Gospel Choir, Handbell Ensemble and Knollcrest Band. Audition at your summer orientation session.

Calvin Theatre Company

Collaborate on three or more productions per year. Audition for a place in the company during your summer orientation session, and audition for parts in productions during casting calls. Also get involved in non-acting roles: set design, lighting, sound engineering, costume design and more.

John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows

The John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows is a scholarship program for first-generation college students that cultivates Christian leaders who engage big issues like poverty, injustice, reconciliation and materialism in our multicultural world. Learn more at

First-Year Seminar

In this half-semester course for first-year students, professors help you make the transition from high school classrooms to college learning. Get a sneak peak of course videos at

Comenius Scholars Program

If your major is in the humanities (e.g. history, philosophy, religion), take advantage of this opportunity to get a paid internship in the Grand Rapids community. Apply in the fall semester of each year for a spring internship.

Jubilee Fellows

Think you might be called to full-time ministry? Test your calling in this intensive ministry internship program that combines a spring course with a summer-long internship in a church setting. Learn more at our Jubilee Fellows page.


In 2012, 82% of graduates reported having at least one internship while at Calvin—many of them paid! Because Calvin is located in a growing center of industry and entrepreneurship, opportunities at amazing companies are available year round. Ask your professors for internship connections, or work with Career Development to find opportunities.


Calvin's January term allows you to take unusual courses on campus or spend three weeks learning in one of 30 locations around the world. Study “Flavors and Fragrances” in chemistry, visit the homes of early American authors in New England or do hands-on development work in Cambodia.

Off-Campus (Study Abroad) Programs

Study in 12 locations around the world through Calvin's faculty-led semester programs. Other Calvin-approved programs allow you to apply financial aid to study in other locations around the world, including Chicago, Thailand, Germany, Japan and many more.

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