Calvin College and Theological Seminary Time Line
  • 1876   August 4, school opened, located on Spring Street, Grand Rapids, MI 
  • 1892   Move to campus at Madison Ave. and Franklin St. (Fifth Ave.). Grand Rapids, MI 
  • 1894   September 8, literary course begun education preliminary to seminary instruction (comparable to present-day high school curriculum) 
  • 1900   Literary course extended to five years and opened to non pre-seminary students 
  • 1901   September 4, first women students admitted 
  • 1906   John Calvin Junior College opens - 6 year program included 4 years academy training and 2 years of college; first public commencement at LaGrave Ave. Christian Reformed Church 
  • 1907   Student journal/newspaper Chimes begins Alumni Association begins 
  • 1914   Junior College expanded to three year course; Franklin Campus purchased 
  • 1917   Move to Franklin Campus, Grand Rapids, MI 
  • 1919   First college president 
  • 1920   Curriculum expanded to four year college course 
  • 1921   First graduate with bachelor's degrees 
  • 1924   With opening of Grand Rapids Christian High School, last year for preparatory students; first dormitory opened 
  • 1925   Teacher training becomes part of college curriculum, previously there had been several separate teacher training programs
  • 1926   First dean of women, Johanna Timmer 
  • 1928   March 8, Hekman Library dedicated 
  • 1930   October 29, Franklin seminary building dedicated 
  • 1946   Enrollment jumps from 503 to 1245 in one year 
  • 1950   College enters M.I.A.A. 
  • 1956   Knollcrest campus purchase approved by Synod of Christian Reformed Church 
  • 1960   Theological Seminary begins classes on Knollcrest Campus 
  • 1962   First college classes at held Knollcrest 
  • 1973   Move to Knollcrest complete 
  • 1991   Seminary and College have separate boards of trustees