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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 so excited for you and the many gifts that 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 admissions@calvin.edu or please call us at (800) 688-0122 or (616) 526-6106.

 

Admitted Student Checklist

  1. View your admission decision

    • View the decision on your New Student Portal

    • Login with the same email and password you used to complete your application

    • If you applied using the Common App, be sure to set up your application status page following the instructions in the “Thank you for applying” email.

    • Be sure to 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)

  2. Community Contract

  3. Set up your Calvin student account

    • At the bottom of your New Student Portal page you will see a box with instructions on how to activate your Calvin account.

    • You will primarily use this login for the Named Scholarship application portal to manage your award applications and offers. Scholarship applications were due January 31, 2022.

    • NOTE: In May 2022, we are moving students to a new student information system, and you will create a new login at that time. Please watch your personal email for details in mid-May.

  4. View your financial aid award letter through your Admissions Workday Account

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

    • You received an email about your Admissions Workday Account after being admitted. Follow the instructions in that email in order to activate the account, then use the login credentials to sign and view your financial aid award letter.

    • NOTE: Your login for this account will be the email you used to create your application—this is the same email address that you used in Step 1.

  5. 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 Orientation program, followed by Welcome Week—first-year student orientation.

  6. 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: U.S. citizens ($300)

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

      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 housing and orientation applications along with other important requirements.

  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 Orientation

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

    • 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 what your day might look like: On-campus orientation schedule.

    • Online Orientation: Students have many options to complete online orientation in two-hour sessions starting in June. Your family will be invited to an online orientation session too via email.

    • If you are invited to additional specialized programming (IMPACT, International, Transfer) you will receive additional information via email.

    • Orientation involves more than just getting the lay of the land, and several programs are offered. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend, too. But don’t stop there. Optional programs like Wilderness Orientation (think outdoor adventure) help you build community right away.

  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. Faculty advising

    • Faculty advising will happen over the summer (end of June to mid-July) after you attend an orientation session. During this meeting students will meet their advisor and discuss their freshman class schedule.

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

  11. Welcome Week and Campus Move-In

    • 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 on August 29th.

Before classes start

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

 

Watch for these emails

  • May: Information technology details such as your Calvin accounts, software access, etc.
  • May: Academic Transitions (ASC111) class option (to help transition to being a college student!)
  • May/June: Academic advising. You’ll receive an email from the registrar asking you to confirm your academic interest. Your advisor will email you to set up an appointment in June.
  • June: Who’s your roommate? Watch for an email from the housing office.
  • June/July: Moving-in information, including dates and times to bring your things, and Welcome Week details.
  • July: What’s your dorm? Watch for an email from the housing office with specifics about your residence hall.
  • July/August: Bookstore, class schedule: how to get textbooks, when your class schedule is ready.

 

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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