Student Life at Calvin

Bring all that you are to Calvin—your passions, gifts and questions—and be part of something much bigger. With so many ways to get involved, you’ll be sure to find a community of people who will help you grow as a whole person. In the residence halls, student organizations, service-learning opportunities and so much more, take a path that leads to living wholeheartedly in everything you do.

Quick Facts
    • 13%

      U.S. ethnic minorities in Calvin’s student body

    • 70

      student organizations active during the 2013–14 academic year

    • 8

      campus dining halls and cafés

    • CHAMPS!

      Calvin’s volleyball team has captured two national championship titles in four years

    • #1

      Grand Rapids’ ranking on Lonely Planet’s Best in United States Travel 2014 list

    • 99%

      of 2012 grads are employed or are in graduate school

    • 97%

      of first-year students live on campus

    • 192

      chapel services held annually

    • 2,138

      students participated in service-learning projects in 2013–14

Student Life events

Dance Guild performance

Dance Guild!
Thursday, May 1
In the Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium.

Our Stories
  • Naomi Hamilton


    • Graduation Year: 2015
    • Hometown: Amelia Island, Florida
    • Major: Information Systems

    Naomi discovered Calvin through the Entrada program, where she prepared for success in college. Now she's pursuing a degree in information systems and hopes to work in the corporate world someday. When she's not in class, she is an ambassador in the MSDO office, a Martin Luther King leader, a volunteer and Dance Guild enthusiast.

  • Jeremy Smith


    • Graduation Year: 2015
    • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Jeremy is the epitome of a savvy Calvin student. He is a friendly face on campus and is willing to talk to everyone. He was a resident assistant, and is looked up to by many people. He is passionate about his faith and openly discusses it with anyone who wants to listen.

  • Miriam Rienstra


    • Graduation Year: 2015
    • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Major: Biochemistry

    Mia has spent her first few years at Calvin establishing herself as both an athlete and an academic. Tackling the pre-med track is no easy task, but Mia balances her studies by being a member of the track & field team. This balance has helped her succeed in both endeavors.

  • Joshua Wright


    • Graduation Year: 2016
    • Hometown: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
    • Major: Engineering

    Joshua came to Calvin because of the reputation of its engineering program. So far, he is loving the education he is receiving, along with the wonderful friends he is making.

  • Grace Stoffer


    • Graduation Year: 2015
    • Hometown: Oak Park, Illinois
    • Major: Education - Early Childhood

    Grace has spent much of her time at Calvin exploring the great outdoors through wilderness trips and outdoor activities. She is pursuing her passion for the great outdoors by getting involved in the many opportunities that Calvin provides for its students to explore the kingdom, on and off campus.