Lift yourself up, body and spirit, to places you never knew you could go.
At Calvin, we like to beat our personal best. We want to run farther, climb higher, dance harder and get stronger every time we step out. We challenge each other to find out what we're really capable of, and we cheer each other on.
God gave us bodies to glorify him. At Calvin, you'll glorify God through movement—exploring creation, expressing yourself and experiencing life in three dimensions.
NCAA DIII varsity sports teams at Calvin
Intramural sports teams and group fitness offerings available to students each year
MIAA titles since 2000
of students participate in intramural sports on campus
Varsity sports bring out the passion of the Calvin community. Calvin has an NCAA Division III athletics program, and Calvin student-athletes rise to national recognition on a regular basis. Calvin has been in the top ten NCAA finishers more than 100 times. Plus, the Calvin-Hope rivalry has been recognized as a national phenomenon, with past features in Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the New York Times.
Watch student-athlete Ben Cok discuss his game-changing experience with Calvin athletics.
Kinesiology at Calvin
Study the art and science of physical activity through Calvin’s kinesiology programs, and turn a fascination with human movement into a lifelong pursuit. Kinesiology can prepare you for careers in health and physical education, coaching, physical therapy, health promotion, sport management, recreation therapy and much more.
2014 kinesiology graduates are employed or in graduate school one year after completing their degrees.
2014 kinesiology students graduated with an internship
Most popular majors at Calvin College includes kinesiology
Dance at Calvin
Discover the place where athletic energy and artistic expression meet. Calvin opens the floor to dancers of every level and every genre with courses, clubs and other activities. Dance Guild, the single most popular student organization at the college, produces two sold-out shows each year. Calvin also offers courses or clubs in ballroom dancing, hip-hop and ballet. Whether you're a performer, a choreographer or a first-time learner, we can't wait to see your creativity in motion.
Watch psychology major David Lee '14 talk about how he discovered a passion for dance at Calvin.
In Calvin's outdoor recreation programs, it's all about re-creation. By getting out of doors, out of your context, you can start to discover truths about who you are and who God is as you explore the world he has made. Outdoor rec isn't just a way to escape—it's a powerful way to learn, and the discoveries you make you'll carry with you for the rest of your life.
As a first-year student, sign up for wilderness orientation. You can build relationship and new skills, backpacking, climbing, biking and kayaking—all for academic credit. The outdoor recreation program offers equipment rental, weekend trips and wilderness courses abroad. Have an idea for the great outdoors that hasn’t been tried yet? You can apply for an adventure grant—to fund your own excursion with friends.
Stuck indoors? No problem. Calvin's climbing center is the perfect place to hone your skills until you're able to make the big trip. Check out the 360° panorama »
Intramurals, club sports & group fitness
At Calvin, you don't need to be a varsity athlete to have a team experience. We offer many opportunities to get in on the fun—from group fitness classes to intramural sports—that anyone can join.
Free, competitive and a whole lot of fun—Calvin offers men's, women's and co-ed intramurals for a wide variety of sports, including basketball, soccer, badminton, flag football, volleyball, wiffleball, tennis and dodgeball.
Blood, sweat, tears—why go through it all alone? Inspire and be inspired by working out in a group setting in one of our group fitness programs. Options are varied, from cycling to yoga to Zumba.
Get in on the competition, from rowing to rugby, with these student-led intercollegiate teams.
Ways to get involved
With teams to join, adventures to seize and dreams to pursue, Calvin is the place to reach and exceed your own expectations. So lace up—there are memories to be made.