Believing, belonging, and becoming
Calvin College’s educational community is grounded in this primary belief:
We believe that we belong first of all to Jesus Christ.
This means that at Calvin, your passions, your dreams, and your talents will meet a heart and mind education grounded in firm Christian conviction and shaped in a strong Christian community. You will be challenged to expand your mind, mature in your beliefs, and cultivate a virtuous life that honors God by blessing your neighbor.
What we believe
Behind Calvin’s mission of equipping students to be agents of renewal in the world is a set of deep beliefs tied to the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity.
Living our beliefs in community
In all we do at Calvin—in our teaching and learning, in athletics and the arts, in campus life and community activities—we aim to live Coram Deo, before the face of God. You won’t do this alone. You will share, test, explore, and deepen your beliefs in a community, as people who belong together as members of Christ’s body.
As a learning community rooted in the historic Reformed tradition of Christianity, we:
- Are not afraid of new challenges
- Seek to understand and apply the tradition's deepest convictions in new contexts
- Joyfully pursue “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what is admirable” as gifts to us in Jesus Christ.
We will ask you to wrestle with hard questions in a community that takes both Christian faith and Christian freedom seriously.
Faith shapes who students become
At Calvin, an education doesn’t only convey knowledge but also imparts virtues. We highlight the virtues taught by Reformed Christianity out of the conviction that while the skills you need for a job may change, the passions you will develop here can last a lifetime.
- Justice: honoring the gifts and rights of each person
- Courage: meeting controversy, challenges, and innovations with faith and love
- Compassion: seeing the needs of others and recognizing God’s image in them
- Discipline: becoming a good steward of God’s gifts, accountable and trustworthy
- Humility: learning from all you encounter, offering your life as a pleasing sacrifice to God
Our invitation to you
We invite you to bring all that you are—mind, body, and soul—to Calvin, to join us in believing following and furthering God’s ways in His world.