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IMPACT is a new student orientation program for students who identify as Asian, Black, Latin, Middle Eastern, multi-racial, Native American, Pacific Islander, or simply as a student of color.

IMPACT is designed to help students explore, learn, and immerse themselves in the Calvin community. With the guidance of your first-year peers and Calvin staff, you will build a support system and help Calvin make an impact in the world. We invite you to bring your interests, personality, and passion with you, to learn, to laugh, and to meet your classmates through a multitude of activities. You will begin your Calvin journey with a greater sense of connectivity, support, and campus awareness.

Qualifying students will be automatically registered for IMPACT. More information will be sent to qualifying students in May 2023.

If you have any questions regarding your fit for IMPACT, please contact Esther Kwak,


  • Cost
    • A $50 fee will be charged to your student account. This is in addition to the $250 orientation fee. This covers all costs for that student associated with orientation at Calvin.
    • Adult family members can also attend the one-day program designed for families at no further cost.
    • Housing accommodations for family members is not available.
  • Why you should attend

    There are many benefits that come with participation in the IMPACT program. You can...

    1. Connect to a diverse group of fellow students.
    2. Learn the rich and inspiring history of IMPACT alumni at Calvin.
    3. Develop, explore, and appreciate your own God-given cultural identity.
    4. Glean wisdom from former and current successful students, faculty, and staff.
    5. Fulfill your requirements for the Mosaic Award.

    Expect a warm, challenging, and one-of-a-kind welcome to your new school, Calvin!

  • Dates & Schedule

    IMPACT starts August 21 and runs through August 23, 2023. Registration and Move-in is August 22. You can move into your dorm room during that time period.

    After IMPACT, you will join all incoming students for Welcome Week, August 24 through August 27, 2023.


    Student Schedule

    Family Schedule

    A finalized schedule will be provided at registration. If you need more information as you make your travel plans, please contact us at

Calvin University is committed to being proactive and intentional in reaching underrepresented groups on campus to increase their sense of belonging and campus involvement. IMPACT aims to be one of many initiatives to help address these issues.


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