Consider these exciting options

The learning opportunities listed below are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to academics at Calvin. With all these options, you're sure to find your niche.

The Calvin Honors Program

Over 500 Calvin students participate in the Calvin Honors Program, which provides opportunities to deepen your studies and learn in innovative, interdisciplinary settings.

The Calvin Research Fellows

The Calvin Research Fellows Program celebrates the academic and extracurricular interests and ambitions of top students entering Calvin's incoming class. It creates a unique community in which Calvin students pursue deeper learning in and beyond the classroom.

The Calvin Theatre Company

Collaborate on three or more productions per year. Audition for a place in the company during your summer orientation session, and audition for parts in productions during casting calls. Also get involved in non-acting roles: set design, lighting, sound engineering, costume design and more.

First-Year Research in Earth Science

This hands-on research course is for first-year students in any major (or undecided) and fulfills your general science core requirement. Conduct sand dune research and present your findings to community partners. Apply on our page.

First-Year Seminar

In this half-semester course for first-year students, professors help you make the transition from high school classrooms to college learning. Get a sneak peak of course videos on our page.


Calvin's January term allows you to take unusual courses on campus or spend three weeks learning in one of 30 locations around the world. Study “Flavors and Fragrances” in chemistry, visit the homes of early American authors in New England or do hands-on development work in Cambodia. Check out this year's off-campus interim options on our page.

John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows

The John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows is a scholarship program for first-generation college students that cultivates Christian leaders who engage big issues like poverty, injustice, reconciliation and materialism in our multicultural world.

Jubilee Fellows

Think you might be called to full-time ministry? Test your calling in this intensive ministry internship program that combines a spring course with a summer-long internship in a church setting.

McGregor Summer Research Fellowships

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.

Music Ensembles

You don't have to be a music major at Calvin to participate in one of nine ensembles: Capella, Women's Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Campus Choir, Calvin Orchestra, Oratorio Society, Gospel Choir, Handbell Ensemble and Knollcrest Band. Audition at your summer orientation session.

Off-campus (Study Abroad) Programs

Study in 12 locations around the world through Calvin's faculty-led semester programs. Other Calvin-approved programs allow you to apply financial aid to study in other locations around the world, including Chicago, Thailand, Germany, Japan and many more.

Phage Research Program

Discover your own bacterial virus, called a “phage” in this first-year, two-semester research course for 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.

Summer Science Research

Over 80 summer research fellowships are available in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, biochemistry, geology, geography, engineering, mathematics, physics and psychology. Apply in the spring semester of each year for positions the following summer.