Make your deposit

Check your New Student Portal

Check your New Student Portal often to make sure you’ve completed all checklist items and have your Calvin account and Calvin email information.

Congratulations on your admission to Calvin University! We are excited for the many gifts you will share with our community. Please use the information below to guide your start at Calvin.

We welcome you to continue to engage with Calvin by meeting 1:1 with admissions or other university staff/faculty. Schedule a time.

If you have questions along the way, please contact your Admissions Counselor. They are available to answer any questions—families may email or text them, too! General questions can be sent to or please call us at (800) 688-0122 or (616) 526-6106.


Admitted Student Checklist

  1. Claim your Calvin credentials

    • Find your Calvin username in your “congratulations” email or on the bookmark in your admitted student packet. Need help? Contact and we can help you learn your username.

    • Login to the Calvin system ( and choose “Activate my account” from the options below the username.

    • Follow the directions on the next screen to create a passphrase and claim your account.

    • Use your Calvin username and new passphrase to login to systems as you prepare for enrollment at Calvin University.

  2. Review your admission decision

    • Login with your Calvin username and passphrase.

    • Click the link that says “view your next steps” to let us know how you’re feeling about attending Calvin (answering this question will open next step items for you to complete).

  3. Community Contract

    • Complete the community contract form, found on your New Student Portal

    • This must be completed (along with your enrollment deposit) before you can proceed to orientation and housing registration.

  4. Submit your enrollment deposit

    • The deposit can be submitted at the top of this page, or through your New Student Portal.

    • To confirm your place in the incoming class, please pay your enrollment deposit by or before the due date.

    • May 1 and ongoing: U.S. citizens ($300)

    • June 1: International students ($2,500) and Canadians ($300)

      NOTE: If you are an international student you must verify your finances with your admissions counselor before placing the deposit.

    • Your enrollment deposit must be paid before you can access orientation and housing applications along with other important requirements.

  5. View your financial aid awards on your Financial Aid Portal

    • Go to to view your current financial aid awards and to upload any requested financial aid documents.

    • NOTE: Your login for this system is your personal email and password that you used to create your admissions application.

    • Official Financial Aid award letters are posted in mid-February. Look out for an email and a physical letter in the mail.

  6. Additional steps for international students only

    • International students will need to work with their admissions counselor to clear the financial verification process, receive their form I-20, and complete additional items for new international students.

    • After verification is confirmed, international students must confirm their enrollment by paying their enrollment deposit before receiving their I-20 and beginning the student visa application process. Students will receive full instructions on applying for a visa after depositing.

    • International students are required to attend the International Move-in and Welcome program, followed by Welcome Week.

  7. Apply for housing

    • All incoming students must declare their housing intentions (on-campus or commuter) using the housing application.

    • The housing application form is found on your New Student Portal checklist.

    • Find more information about on-campus housing. There you’ll find dorm measurements, furniture layout ideas, photos and addresses of each dorm—check it out!

    • Calvin’s residence life program has an amazing record for producing successful roommate pairs, and they rely on the information you provide. If you’ve already chosen a roommate, be sure to list each other on your applications.

    • Moving In at Calvin brochure

  8. Register for Summer Orientation

    • Summer Orientation is required for all incoming students. Register through your New Student Portal.

    • You must attend either on-campus or online orientation.

    • On-campus Orientation: If you are planning to come to campus for your orientation, here’s more information: On-campus orientation .

    • Online Orientation: Students have many options to complete online orientation in two-hour sessions starting in June. These are exclusively for students. We encourage parents/guardians to attend family programming during Fall Welcome and watch for emails sent from various offices with helpful information.

    • Check your New Student Portal to see if you are also scheduled for additional programming (IMPACT, International, Transfer, Fall Athlete, Adult Student).

    • More options! Wilderness Trips (think outdoor adventure) help you build community right away. All skill levels are invited!

  9. Submit health forms and complete all other documents

    • All new students must complete certain forms and health requirements to ensure that you—and our campus—stay healthy!

      NOTE: Health forms may take several days to be processed by our health services team, so the incomplete “X” might remain even after a student has filled them out. This requirement will also remain incomplete if health services is waiting on items to be sent from a student’s primary care physician (such as immunization records).

    • How do I do this? The link to complete this process is found on the New Student Portal checklist.

    • Other documents include:

      • Photography release waiver
      • Service-learning waiver
      • Accommodation request form
  10. Academic advising

    • You will need to complete your 3-minute Questionnaire and your Registration & Advising Worksheet by the end of June so our advising team can build out your schedule. Watch for messages from our advising team (sent to your Calvin email address) to help guide you through these steps!

    • Advisors will reach out to students to schedule virtual meetings via their Calvin email.

  11. Campus Move-In and Fall Welcome

    • See Move-In instructions for new students.

    • This is the final event for your start at Calvin! All students (both on-campus and commuters) kick off the new academic year with Welcome Week activities that lead into the first day of classes.

Before classes start

Please keep checking your status page to make sure you’ve submitted everything needed before classes start!


Watch for emails

You will receive emails throughout spring and summer updating you on technology and account access, advising, housing and moving-in information (if applicable). We will also send emails to your parent/guardian to keep them updated. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to check the email address you used to apply, as well as your new Calvin email address. If you used a high school email address to apply, it's recommended you change that to an email address you will have permanent access to; you can update that on your New Student Portal.


Get a jump start on fall classes

Nervous about the transition from high school to college? Excited to learn as much as you can from your university courses? Want to maximize your grade point average from day one? Register for Academic Transitions ASC111. See your email for a one-click registration link!




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