When Calvin College was founded in 1876 as De Theologische School to train a class of seven students as ministers in the Christian Reformed Church, it had an ambitious curriculum. Included were not only the subjects necessary for ministry — Hebrew, Greek, Latin, exegesis and theology — but also history, geography, logic, metaphysics and mythology.
Even 130 years ago as a tiny seminary, Calvin College reached out to embrace the wider world.
Calvin is rooted in the Reformed tradition of Christianity, a tradition that seeks to renew all aspects of God’s creation. The Calvin mission was and is to transform the world for Christ.
Today Calvin College numbers 4,200 students, makes its home on 390 acres and offers more than 100 subjects. And Calvin continues to reach and to renew through students; through professors; through the curriculum; through research and scholarship; through off-campus programs; through institutes, centers and chairs; through conferences and festivals and symposia; and most of all through alumni who make a difference everywhere they go.
Calvin College holds a distinctive place in Christian higher education. There are many good liberal arts colleges in North America, but perhaps none that prepares its alumni, as Calvin does, for a specific kind of Christian engagement with modern culture.
At Calvin, faith and curriculum come together in an academic climate where a different kind of learning flourishes — learning that can change the world. Rooted in this climate, students develop into transformative leaders, eager to work for renewal wherever they are called.
For more than 130 years, through the work of its 58,000 alumni, Calvin College has had a profound impact all around the globe. Calvin alumni are everywhere, in every profession, always working for renewal. Most strikingly, Calvin alumni are leaders in an array of settings: school districts, social service agencies, businesses, research facilities, churches, government offices, anti-poverty efforts, art galleries, academic departments, import companies and health services.