This page contains the application requirements for all international students except for Canadians and Americans living abroad. Please follow the application steps listed below. Our team is here to serve you; please don't hesitate to contact us you have any questions.

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Steps to apply (in any order)


To apply to Calvin, please submit the following items:

  • Calvin College Application OR The Common Application
    • International transfer students may also use either of these applications.
  • High school transcript - submitted by your guidance counselor (may also be requested via the Common Application)
  • SAT/ACT or IELTS/TOEFL - either from your high school or from the testing agency. See our testing guidelines for more information about which test you should submit.
  • Academic recommendation - submitted by a teacher you choose (may also be requested via the Common Application)
  • If you’ve done any college course work, please submit your transcript(s).
  • Please note that you need a valid passport to study in the U.S. We encourage you to send us a scanned copy of the ID page of your passport, or begin the necessary paperwork to obtain or renew your passport.

Apply by January 1 and Calvin will waive the $35 application fee. Applications from international students will be considered until April 1.


Submit ONE of the following forms for financial aid, depending on your situation:

If you ARE requesting financial aid

Submit an application for financial aid

If you are NOT requesting financial aid

Submit the full pay agreement

We do not accept forms from any other sources such as The College Board and we require all supporting documents to be original or certified copies.


Submit supporting financial documents (can be sent via email or fax). We require:

  • Parent's income statement - This can be a statement issued by their employer, person in charge of company finances, or it can be government issued tax document with the income amount listed.
  • Parent's savings statement - This bank statement must be recent and should demonstrate that you can cover at least two years towards your educational costs. If this is a checking account, the transaction history must not exceed three months.
  • Sponsor's letter of intent (if applicable) - This is a letter written by your sponsor indicating the amount they pledge towards your educational costs for each year.
  • Sponsor's savings statement (if applicable) - This bank statement must be recent and should demonstrate that your sponsor can cover at least two years of their pledged amount from savings. If this is a checking account, the transaction history must not exceed 3 months.


Check your application status

Use your email and PIN (check your email or admission letter) to access your Calvin application status page. Be sure to check back often for important messages and updates.

Application deadlines

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis until the deadlines below. For maximum scholarship consideration, be admitted by February 1.

Type Fall Semester January Interim Spring Semester
First-Year Aug. 15 Dec. 10 Jan. 10
Transfer Aug. 15 Dec. 10 Jan. 10
Canadian Aug. 1 N/A Jan. 10
International April 1 N/A Dec. 15*
Previously-admitted / guest students: Students applying for readmission or non-degree seeking students are admitted on a space-available basis and must apply by July 1 for consideration. Please follow the timeline in the chart above.

*We do not accept international applications mid-year unless you are an international student in the U.S. who is transferring to Calvin.


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