If you're transfering to Calvin from another college or university, Transfer QUEST is for you. Transfer QUEST is a three-and-a-half day program that takes place just before classes begins in the fall from August 30 – September 2, 2017. There will also be planned optional activities on September 3 and 4.

Your family members are welcome during the first two days of Transfer QUEST, August 30 and 31. Transfer QUEST officially starts at noon on August 30 and is designed just for you as a Transfer student.

If you are entering Calvin directly from high school, click here to learn about your QUEST program.

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What to expect

Expect a warm welcome to Calvin! At Transfer QUEST you’ll meet a lot of new people: almost 1,000 other new students and potential Facebook friends, plus current students, professors and staff members. You’ll learn a lot about Calvin and the resources that are here for you.

During Transfer QUEST, you’ll connect with an orientation group of about 20 other Transfer students who will go through Transfer QUEST together.

Transfer QUEST includes a service-learning component, Streetfest, where you’ll learn about one of the eclectic neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. Expect to have a lot of fun! By the end, you may be a bit tired (the days are full from approximately 9:00 am into the evening), but you’ll be ready for classes to begin on Tuesday, September 5.

You can plan to:

Participate in
  • An evening of personal reflection on the Seminary Pond
  • A "create your own adventure" night
  • Streetfest – a service-learning experience in the city
Learn about
  • Challenging, real-life college issues through a series of skits
  • Calvin’s commitment to diversity and anti-racism
  • A variety of other things—from pop culture to what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" to men’s/women’s issues at college to why we care about social justice

Transfer QUEST has three objectives:

  1. To introduce you to Calvin College through the college’s vision.
  2. To connect you to a core group of other new students.
  3. To prepare you for your first semester at Calvin.

During Transfer QUEST, we’ll look at some of these aspects of Calvin’s vision

  • Reformed, Liberal Arts College – Take a closer look at what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" and “a liberal arts college.”
  • Agents of Renewal – Consider the implications of what it means that God is renewing all things.
  • Doing God’s Work in God’s World – Our world belongs to God. What is God's calling us to as we learn and as we serve?
Before you arrive

Steps to complete before you arrive

  1. Register yourself for the program on your Applicant Status page (see "Registration" tab above).
  2. Pay your enrollment deposit, if you haven’t already.
  3. Be sure you have received a confirmation email from the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office.
  4. Plan to arrive on campus the morning of Wednesday, August 30, 2017 anytime after 9:00 am.
  5. Print out driving directions and a campus map (see our Information & Resources page).

Checking In

You may move to campus on Wednesday, August 30, after 9:00 a.m. Transfer QUEST officially begins for Transfer students with a kick-off meeting in in the early afternoon. Transfer QUEST will continue through Saturday, September 2.

On-Campus Students

Upon arrival, follow the road signs to your residence hall where you can check in after 9:00 a.m. You will be greeted by an army of "We-Haulers"—students who are eager to transport all of your belongings from your vehicle into your residence hall room! Given the afternoon schedule for Transfer students, we would encourage you to arrive closer to 9:00 a.m. so you can be completely moved into your room in time for the kick-off meeting at noon, where you will receive your schedule and instructions for the day.

Off-Campus Students

Plan to be at Calvin by noon for a kick-off meeting, where you will receive your schedule and instructions for the day.

Dates & Schedule

Transfer QUEST runs from August 30 – September 2, 2017. You may move to campus on Wednesday, August 30, after 9:00 a.m. Transfer QUEST officially begins at noon, continuing through the evening of Saturday, September 2. There will also be optional activities on September 3 and 4.

Click here to view a tentative schedule for Transfer QUEST 2017.

Meals & Accommodations


All meals for new Transfer students—both on- and off-campus students—are provided during Transfer QUEST, beginning with lunch on Wednesday, August 30 and continuing through dinner on Monday, September 4.


If you will be living on-campus during the school year, you will move into your residence hall when you arrive.

Housing will not be available for off-campus students or family members. Prince Conference Center, located on-campus, is owned and operated by Calvin College and has a limited number of rooms available for a fee. If you call to reserve a room, mention that you are with the QUEST program for a slight discount. There are also several off-campus options nearby.


Registration for new Transfer students

You will need to register for Transfer QUEST.
Register online using your Applicant Status page.

Orientation costs

A $150 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in early September. This fee covers all costs associated with Transfer QUEST, with the majority of the fee covering meals.