If you're a new adult-learner, ENCORE is for you.  For Orientation, we define an adult-learner as someone who: is over the age of 24, is more than four years out of high school, is married, has children, or has served in the military.

ENCORE is our half-day program that introduces you to the unique learning community of Calvin College. You will also register for classes and meet other adult-learners.

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What to expect

ENCORE has three objectives:

  • To introduce you to Calvin's purpose, people and programs.
  • To help ensure your smooth transition to college.
  • To prepare you academically for your years at Calvin.

You will participate in academic advising, meet with a Student Life staff member, tour campus, and learn about Calvin’s core curriculum, your major, and academics.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive, complete the following:

  1. Mark your calendar for your ENCORE session, Thursday, August 31, 2017.
  2. Complete the ENCORE registration form (follow the link at the bottom of this page).
  3. Pay your enrollment deposit.
  4. Expect and read confirmation emails sent to your Calvin email account from the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office.
  5. Print out driving directions and a campus map (see our Information & Resources page).

Checking In

When you arrive to campus, follow signs to the Alumni Board Room, where you will check in, receive your schedule for the day, and have lunch.

Dates & Schedule

This year's ENCORE program will run on Thursday, August 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. A detailed tentative schedule can be found below. You are also invited to Convocation at 4:30 p.m. and an all-campus cookout at 5:30 p.m.

Tentative Schedule

    12:00 p.m. — Opening Welcome & Lunch
    12:45 p.m. — Charting Your Course
      1:15 p.m. — Campus Tour
      2:00 p.m. — Academic Advising & Informational Fair
      3:00 p.m. — Connect: Meet Your Major
      4:00 p.m. — Wrap-Up
Registration & Cost


Please reserve the date for your ENCORE session (see Dates & Schedule tab for dates and times). We will contact you with registration information for this program via your Calvin email account.

Click here to register for ENCORE.


The cost for ENCORE is $50. This fee will be applied to your student account in the fall semester.