Discover all that Calvin has to offer
The learning opportunities at Calvin are just as diverse as our student body. No matter who you are or what you're interested in, with so many opportunities at Calvin, you're sure to find your niche.
Work with outstanding peers and faculty mentors to deepen your studies in a community that is dedicated to Christian faith and discovery. The Calvin Honors Program provides options to pursue excellence in academics while also having the flexibility to enjoy college life.
Motivated first-year students take part in innovative research in a variety of settings (laboratories, local waterways, area churches, and more) alongside Calvin professors who are experts in their fields. As a research fellow, you'll gain hands-on experience while cultivating the investigation and analysis skills needed for graduate school or your future career.
Tell human stories with honesty, humility, and compassion whether you're center stage or behind the curtain. As part of The Calvin Theater Company, you will join students of all majors to encounter the heights and depths of human experience and emotion while developing skills and relationships that will last long after your final curtain call at Calvin.
Under the guidance of professor and dune scientist Deanna van Dijk, first-semester Calvin students design and implement studies focused on dunes along the Lake Michigan coast and present their findings to community partners. This hands-on research course is open to all majors and fulfills the general science core requirement.
Explore your calling as a 21st century artist. The Artist Collaborative allows first-year students to connect, collaborate, and create through courses, activities, and an interim trip to an arts destination in the U.S. or abroad.
Study concepts like "Flavors and Fragrances" in chemistry at Calvin during this special January term or choose one of 32 off-campus programs to study in New England or participate in hands-on development work in Cambodia. Check out this year's interim options on our page.
The John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows is a scholarship program where you'll participate in a series of leadership development opportunities and engage issues like poverty, injustice, racism, and materialism. Perkins Fellows strive to be servant leaders committed to renewal and restoration in our communities and two students will also be selected for a full-tuition scholarship to Calvin.
Think God is calling you into full-time ministry? The year-long Jubilee Fellows program accepts 12 promising juniors to explore their vocational calling through interdisciplinary learning, mentoring, and ministry experience.
Research isn't just for the sciences. Apply for one of 12+ summer research positions with professors in areas such as political science, music, sociology, communications, and more. Apply in the spring semester of each year for positions the following summer.
You don't have to be a music major at Calvin to let your talents shine. Joining one of Calvin's 11 ensembles (including Capella, Jazz Band, Women's Chorale, and more) is the perfect opportunity for you to express your passion for music. Check out ensemble opportunities on our page.
The Ministry Leadership Fellows program, an initiative of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, is a two-year program open to incoming Calvin students who show potential for leadership in the local church. Students in the Ministry Leadership Fellows cohort will explore how their gifts and interests intersect with the work of the church in service to God’s world.
Engage with the world firsthand by spending a semester learning about justice issues in Honduras, studying at York St. John University in Britain, or fully immersing yourself in the culture of China. Calvin offers faculty-led study abroad programs in nine different locations around the world. Plus, transferable course credits and comparative tuition costs make studying abroad an affordable and accessible option.
Discover your own bacterial virus, called a “phage” in this two-semester research course for first-year students majoring in the sciences. You'll also get a chance to sequence your phage's DNA and catalog its data in an international database. Apply on our page.
Conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines including biology, computer science, astronomy, and engineering alongside Calvin profs. Accepted students receive a $4,000 stipend for 10 weeks of research. Study the effects of pollution on fish-eating birds, test computer languages used in middle and high school, and so much more. Applications for summer research fellowships are available during the spring semester.