• Grand Rapids, MI
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Calvin students at Yesterdog
    Grab a dog at Grand Rapids’ legendary coney shop, Yesterdog.
  • Calvin students biking by Reed's Lake, East Grand Rapids, MI
    Bike or run around Reeds Lake, just a mile from campus. Skiing, snowboarding and kayaking are just a few miles away.
  • Calvin students at Connie's Cakes
    Grab a delicious treat in Eastown.
  • Calvin students exploring downtown Grand Rapids
    Explore downtown, kayak on the Grand River and ice skate at Rosa Parks Circle.
  • One of over 700 churches in the Grand Rapids area
    With more than 700 area churches, find a great local church community.
  • Calvin students at Sparrows coffee shop
    Create your ideal study session at one of Grand Rapids’ many artisan coffee shops.
  • ArtPrize brings hundreds of artists to downtown Grand Rapids
    Start each school year with a trip to ArtPrize, a competition that transforms downtown GR into a living art gallery.
  • Calvin student outside local used bookstore
    Explore local boutiques throughout the city, or go to the mall less than a mile from campus.
  • Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, one of the many buildings in the downtown Medical Mile
    If you’re interested in a health sciences career, volunteer, intern or work on Medical Mile.

A big city with a small-town soul

A world-renowned art competition. A legendary hot dog joint. Artisan coffee and more fro-yo than you can shake a spork at. Grand Rapids has everything a great college town should offer and then some. Experience small-town friendliness and safety while enjoying big-city amenities. More than just an amazing place to explore, Grand Rapids is an ideal location to launch your career; with hundreds of businesses, non-profits and medical facilities, you'll land amazing internships and, who knows, maybe even a dream job.

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Things to do and see

Calvin’s campus is beautiful, but there are times when you’ll want to explore a city that offers incredible shopping, eating and recreational activities. There’s a ton to do and see:

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In Their Own Words
Yesterdog? The BEST decision of your life, even if you’re a vegetarian. The end. That’s all.” Jeremy Smith, Student


Get involved with GR

From almost your first day on campus, you’ll have opportunities to explore the Grand Rapids community.


Explore and serve the local community during Quest orientation.

Community Partnerships

Join others from your residence hall in serving an organization in the community.

Ladies Literary Club

Enjoy a concert in Calvin’s intimate venue downtown.

(106) Gallery

Support friends whose artwork is displayed at Calvin’s downtown art gallery.

Community-based nursing

As a nursing student, gain hands-on experience by serving in Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods.

Environmental sustainability

Work with community partners to clean up Grand Rapids’ polluted watersheds.

Project Neighborhood

Apply to live in one of Calvin’s neighborhood houses during your junior or senior year.


Work with Calvin’s Career Services office to find a career-boosting internship at a local hospital, non-profit or publishing company.

Part-time jobs

Use CalvinLink to find a job near campus.


Pure Michigan

Follow Calvin students as they experience Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.