If you're starting Calvin in the fall as a new first-year or transfer student, QUEST is for you.

QUEST is a three and a half day program that takes place just before school begins in the fall from September 2–5, 2015. There will also be planned optional activities on September 6 and 7.

Your family members are welcome during move-in day and for an evening cookout on the Commons lawn. Following dinner, QUEST starts and is designed just for you.

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'15 Theme - Place: Engaging, Understanding, and Renewing.

Our place deeply influences who we are and how we live. As orientation staff, we invite incoming students to shape and be shaped by Calvin, contributing their gifts, talents, and unique experiences to this place. Throughout Quest, the concept of place will tie together the topics, discussions, and sessions intended to help students transition to college.

The first day of Quest will focus on “Engaging Place,” and students will explore what it means to do God’s work by serving and learning in the city of Grand Rapids. Students will spend the second day of Quest “Understanding Place” as they come to understand Calvin College’s faith, history, and vision, especially as it relates to Calvin being a reformed Liberal Arts college. The third and last day of Quest focuses on ‘’Renewing Place.’’ At Calvin, we believe that God is renewing every aspect of this world. Students will be learning about the brokenness within ourselves, our college, and our world, and how God is renewing all.

What to Expect

The QUEST program has three specific objectives

  1. To introduce you to Calvin College through the college’s vision
  2. To connect you to a core group of other new students.
  3. To prepare you for your first semester at Calvin.

Expect a warm welcome to Calvin! At QUEST you’ll meet a lot of new people: more than 1,000 other new students and potential Facebook friends, plus current students, professors, and staff members. You’ll learn a lot about Calvin and the resources that are here for you.

During QUEST, you’ll connect with an orientation group of about 22 other students who will go through QUEST together. If you’re a first-year student, this group will also be your fall First Year Seminar class. (First Year Seminar is a one-credit class you’ll take during your first semester.)

QUEST includes a service opportunity, Streetfest, where you’ll learn about the eclectic neighborhoods in Grand Rapids—Eastown, Heritage Hill, Downtown. Expect to have a lot of fun! By the end, you may be a bit tired (the days are full from approximately 9:00am into the evening), but you’ll be ready for classes to begin on Tuesday, September 8.

Here are some more specifics you can anticipate

Participate in

  • An evening of personal reflection on the Sem. Pond
  • A "create your own adventure" night
  • Streetfest – a service-learning experience in the city

Learn about

  • Challenging, real-life college issues through a series of skits
  • Calvin’s commitment to diversity and anti-racism
  • A variety of other things—from pop culture to what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" to men’s/women’s issues at college to why we care about social justice

In the QUEST program, we’ll look at some of these aspects of Calvin’s vision

  • Reformed, Liberal Arts College - Take a closer look at what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" and “a liberal arts college”.
  • Agents of Renewal - Consider the implications of what it means that God is renewing all things.
  • Doing God’s Work in God’s World - Our world belongs to God. What is God's calling us to as we learn and as we serve?
Before you arrive

Steps to complete before you arrive

  1. If you are a transfer student, register yourself for the program on e-Enroll (see "Registration" tab above). If you are a first-year student, you are already enrolled.
  2. Pay your enrollment deposit, if you haven’t already.
  3. Be sure you have received a confirmation email from the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office.
  4. Plan to arrive on campus the morning of Wednesday, September 2, 2015 anytime after 9:00am.
  5. Print out driving directions and a campus map (see our Information & Resources page)


You may move on to campus Wednesday,September 2 after 9:00am. QUEST officially begins with an all-campus cookout at 5:00pm with opening activities starting at 6:30pm.

Living on-campus?

Upon arrival, follow the road signs to your residence hall where you can check-in after 9:00am. You will be greeted by an army of "We-Haulers"--students who are eager to transport all of your belongings from your vehicle into your residence hall room! You will have the entire day to get settled into your room. Your Orientation Leader (OL) will post a note on your door telling you your orientation group number. Following dinner you will assemble with your orientation group.

Living off-campus?

You are welcome to have lunch and dinner on-campus during the day on September 2. You will receive a phone call to your off-campus residence from your Orientation Leader (OL) telling you your orientation group number which you will meet following dinner. We do not offer on-campus sleeping accommodations during QUEST, but all the meals during QUEST are included for you.


All meals for new first-year, transfer residents and off-campus students are included during QUEST, beginning with lunch on Wednesday, September 2 and continuing through supper on Monday, September 7.

Dates & Schedule


Sepember 2 - September 5

You may move on to campus on Wednesday, September 2, after 9am QUEST officially begins with an all-campus cookout at 5:00pm, with opening activities starting at 6:30pm. QUEST concludes on Saturday evening, September 5.

Parents - See our Parents & Family QUEST page for information.


Tentative 2015 Schedule - Download


Registration for new first-year students

You will be automatically registered for QUEST after registering for PASSPORT through e-Enroll.

Registration for new transfer students

You will need to register for QUEST.
Register online using e-Enroll.

Orientation Costs

A $250 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in early September. This fee covers costs associated with both PASSPORT and QUEST, with the majority of the fee covering meals.