Admitted and Prospective Students

Coronavirus Information Center / Admitted and Prospective Students

As the coronavirus situation develops, we're here to answer your questions about campus visits, admissions counseling, and more.

This page is updated regularly as new information becomes available. For the latest updates about how Calvin University is responding to the coronavirus situation, see the coronavirus information and FAQ page.

Admissions questions

Can I still speak with an Admissions Counselor or the Financial Aid Office?

Yes! Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors are working remotely and are happy to communicate with you via phone, email, or text. See our list of domestic and international Admissions Counselors or contact the Financial Aid Office at 616.526.6134 or email finaid@calvin.edu.

What options do I have for virtual visits? How will those work?

You can schedule a virtual visit without even getting off your couch! You will have the option to schedule meetings with admissions, financial aid, faculty, coaches and more! We are adding other ways to engage with you, so check back soon!

I’ve scheduled an individual visit for this Spring. Will it be cancelled?

All in-person visits (including individual visits, Fridays at Calvin, and Department Visit Days) have been cancelled for the spring semester. However, we encourage you to connect with Calvin through a virtual visit instead.

Visits scheduled after June 1 are still considered tentative.

I’ve scheduled a meeting with a professor, coach, Admissions Counselor, or Financial Aid this Spring. Will it be cancelled?

In-person meetings with professors, coaches, Admissions Counselors, and Financial Aid Counselors have been cancelled; however, we’re offering many of these meetings through virtual visits now. More information for scheduling a virtual visit can be found here.

Will Calvin reimburse me if I’ve purchased flights and hotels for a visit that got cancelled?

Please contact your hotel and airline directly for reimbursements. For more information, please contact Stephanie Brink, Associate Director of Visits and Hospitality, at 616-526-8421 or sld25@calvin.edu.

Are there any cases of COVID-19 at Calvin?

Although no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Calvin community, we have been asked to adopt a "presumed positive" posture in cases of illness and report any symptoms to our health services medical team. Check the Coronavirus Information Center for the latest updates.

Where can I find additional information about how Calvin is addressing the COVID-19 situation as it relates to current students, faculty, and staff?

Check our coronavirus information page for the most recent updates regarding how Calvin is addressing the COVID-19 situation.

I want to retake my ACT or SAT, but testing dates have been cancelled. Will I still be able to submit my application?

Absolutely! Calvin is still accepting applications. Since standardized test dates are unclear right now, we invite you to send us what you do have (ex: an unofficial transcript, a recent set of grades) and we’ll connect you with an admissions counselor to guide you in the process. We understand these are unprecedented times and we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to keep the process moving.

I’m concerned that I might not be able to complete my senior year of high school. Will this affect my admission to Calvin?

We understand your concern and want to assure you that you’re not alone! High schools and secondary schools around the world are grappling with questions like this one. At Calvin, we’re communicating regularly with school and government officials as we work to understand and respond to the many implications of COVID-19. We are committed to staying in regular contact with incoming students and families so that your questions can be answered in due time. Please check this page again and watch your email for further updates.

Will the deadline for deposit be extended past May 1?

We’re excited to see that many students are still confirming their plans to attend Calvin in the fall! You can send your enrollment deposit now, or for those who need more time, we are extending the deadline to June 1.

I’m admitted to Calvin for the fall and want to sign up for an orientation program this summer. Will summer orientation programs still happen this summer?

Calvin is closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and is currently exploring how our orientation programs may need to change to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

I am planning on attending the Entrada Scholars Program. If I decide to attend another university before Entrada starts, will I be refunded my Entrada enrollment fee?

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund the Entrada enrollment fee. Our programming planning is based on the number of students attending the Entrada program. Additionally, we would like to accommodate our students in the waitlist should a space is available.

I received a postcard about Calvin Splash. Will the program be offered?

Unfortunately, Calvin Splash is cancelled this Spring semester. Stay tuned for Calvin Splash this fall semester!

I have a question that isn't answered here.

If your question is not answered here, contact us at:

Email: admissions@calvin.edu or visits@calvin.edu
Phone: (616) 526-6106 or (800) 688-0122
Text: (616) 202-3256 (admissions-general) or (616) 202-3845 (admissions counselors)

International student questions

My school is not open and I cannot obtain an official transcript or final testing from my country.

For now, we will accept an unoffical transcript for application review. Once you can obtain the official transcript please have your school send it to your admissions counselor.

I am worried that the US consulate will not be open in time for a student visa.

We understand that this can be a stressful situation that is constantly changing. For now, we ask that you keep checking back for when the consulate will be open and then book the earliest possible appointment. Please keep communicating with your admissions counselor for more information.

Financial aid questions

How will my financial aid be affected for the 2020-21 academic year?

For both current and prospective domestic students, the Financial Aid staff will consider and evaluate known changes in family resources that are shared with us through this Special Circumstances Form. Evidential documentation is required in order to be considered. Prospective International students should email intladm@calvin.edu to describe their circumstances and request consideration. Current International students should review and submit the Returning International Application for Financial Aid Form to FinAid@calvin.edu. Changes to prospective student financial aid packages will be handled promptly. Current students can expect to receive their 2020-21 financial aid packages during May and June, at which time their requests for special consideration will be evaluated. The Financial Aid office will accept special circumstances requests throughout the upcoming academic year.

Will I be considered for academic scholarships if I was unable to take the ACT/SAT prior to March 1?

Yes. Newly admitted students for Fall 2020 will be considered for academic scholarships based on other submitted materials, including high school GPA, recommendations, and admissions materials.

If I receive a check for an outside scholarship I was awarded, what should I do?

If the check is made out to Calvin University, please mail it to the mailing address shown below. If the check is made out to you personally, please contact the sender and have them reissue the check made out to Calvin University and then send it to the mailing address shown below. All outside scholarships (non-Calvin) that a student is awarded should be reported to us through this link: Outside Scholarships.

If I need to respond to the Financial Aid office with information to complete FAFSA verification, how do I do that?

We will continue to send you reminders of the information that we need, so continue to check your Calvin and personal emails for instructions. You may mail, fax, or email the information using the contact information below.

How do I contact the Financial Aid office?

Financial aid staff continue to work regular business hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST), though we are currently working remotely to adhere to social distancing guidance and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to assisting you and appreciate your patience as we respond to the many questions we are receiving. Our goal is to return your message within 24 hours. Currently, email is our preferred method of contact.

By email: FinAid@calvin.edu
By fax: (616) 469-2957
By phone: (616) 526-6134 or (800) 688-0122
By mail: 3201 Burton Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, Attn: Financial Aid Office

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