PASSPORT is a one-day orientation program for new students and adult family members, with five sessions offered throughout the spring and summer. In this program, you'll learn more about college life, meet with an academic advisor to plan your fall course schedule, and meet some of your new classmates.

PASSPORT is the first of two orientation programs that are required for first-year students from North America. Your adult family member(s) are welcome to come to PASSPORT, as well. Younger family members are welcome to accompany parents, but we are unable to provide programming for them. If you register siblings to attend, please note they will be attending the parent portion of PASSPORT.

Looking for an additional orientation for this important transition? Check out Wilderness Orientation, a program that takes you to a variety of wilderness settings. It’s a great way to build new relationships, learn important skills, and reflect on your place in God's big world.


  • PASSPORT I – April 21, 2017 (early arrival on April 20 and late departure April 22 are available)
  • PASSPORT II – April 28, 2017 (early arrival on April 27 and late departure April 29 are available)
  • PASSPORT III – June 23, 2017 (early arrival on June 22 and late departure June 24 are available)
  • PASSPORT IV – July 7, 2017 (early arrival on July 6 and late departure July 8 are available)
  • PASSPORT V – August 30, 2017 (early arrival on August 29 is available)


Click the links below for a general schedule of your PASSPORT session. Please note that PASSPORTs III—V are expected to take the entire day, from approximately 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and all sessions are required. If you cannot attend for the entire day, please register for another date.

Interested in the arts? We have dance, writing, music, painting and so much more. Come early and Meet and Greet the Arts. It happens before each PASSPORT: June 22, July 6 and August 29 from 6:30—9 p.m.

Also, if you're interested in trying out for Calvin’s worship team, that happens during PASSPORT. Don’t forget! ×

Orientation costs

A $250 orientation fee will be charged to your student account that covers all costs (food, programming, staffing, and student housing) associated with orientation—both PASSPORT and QUEST—except housing for parents and family members. Note that additional costs are associated with Wilderness Orientation, IMPACT, and International PASSPORT. Up to two adult family members can attend PASSPORT at no further cost; additional family members will be charged $50 each.

There is no additional charge for students to stay in the residence halls for PASSPORT. For PASSPORTs III and IV, families are invited to stay in the residence halls for a $35 charge that covers accommodations for all family members. If either the student and/or family members choose not to stay in the residence halls, the student's orientation costs will not decrease.

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What to expect at PASSPORT

Calvin’s PASSPORT orientation program has 3 main objectives:

  1. To introduce you to Calvin’s purpose, people, and programs
  2. To help ensure your smooth transition to college
  3. To prepare you academically for your years at Calvin

PASSPORT is designed along two tracks—one for you and one for your family members. You’ll attend a few of the sessions together. Here’s a sampling:

Participate in
  • Academic advising so you can plan your fall schedule
  • Make sure to visit the First Year Academic Guide to learn more about course registration, advising, placement tests and more.
  • Campus worship and group activities
Learn about
  • Living in the residence halls or off-campus
  • Calvin’s core curriculum, your major, and academics
  • The transition to college
Hear from
  • Calvin’s President
  • A panel of faculty members
  • Current upperclass students
Before you arrive
  1. Register both yourself and your family members for the program on your Applicant Status page (see the "Registration" tab)
  2. Pay your enrollment deposit, if you haven't already
  3. Be sure you have received three confirmation emails from the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office (sent to your Calvin email account):
    • the first confirming your registration
    • the second sent approximately one month prior to your session
    • the third sent one week prior to your session
  4. Print out driving directions and a campus map (see our Information & Resources page)
Checking in

Upon arrival follow the road signs to the Check-in. At Check-In you will receive:

  • A resource packet
  • A room assignment (if staying on campus)
  • A personalized schedule
  • Check-in is from 8 – 8:30 a.m. on the first day of PASSPORT.
  • Early check-in is from 6:30 – 10 p.m. on the evening before PASSPORT. Students must request early arrival on their registration. Please contact us if you have already registered and would like to arrive early.
  • Check-in is from 7:30 – 9 a.m. on the first day of PASSPORT.
  • Early check-in is from 7:30 – 11 p.m. on the evening before PASSPORT. Students must request early arrival on their registration. Please contact us if you have already registered and would like to arrive early. Please note that there is an additional $50 fee/family for early arrival and late departure.
  • If you are a residential student, you will move into your permanent residence hall from 6 – 9 p.m. on August 29 or from 8 – 9:30 a.m. on August 30.
  • From 8–9:30 a.m. on August 30, you will check in for PASSPORT, which begins later that morning.

For PASSPORTs I–IV, if you choose to stay on-campus you will be placed with a roommate and suitemates in a residence hall designated for students only. If your family needs overnight accommodations for PASSPORTs III or IV, they will have their own room in a separate residence hall designated for families only.

If you are attending PASSPORT V, you will move into your permanent residence hall when you arrive. Please note that no housing is available for family members during PASSPORTs I, II, and V.

There is no charge for you to stay in the residence halls for PASSPORT, and choosing not to stay in the residence halls will not decrease your orientation cost. For PASSPORTs III and IV, there is a $35 charge for families staying in the residence halls that covers accommodations for all family members.

What to bring
All attendees should bring the following:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Casual clothing
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Backpack/Day bag (optional)
Overnight guests may also want to bring the following:
  • Toiletries
  • Fan (optional) - We do provide fans that can be rented for a small fee; however, availability is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Alarm clock (optional)

Please note that pillows, linens, and towels are provided for you in the residence halls.


All meals are served in Knollcrest or Commons Dining Hall and require your PASSPORT name tag for entrance. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on your PASSPORT date.

Steps to register
Choose from one of five PASSPORT sessions this spring and summer
  • PASSPORT I - April 21
  • PASSPORT II - April 28
  • PASSPORT III - June 23
  • PASSPORT IV - July 7
  • PASSPORT V - August 30 (designated for students and families who must travel long distances)

PASSPORT V occurs immediately prior to the time when all new students must report to Calvin. This session is planned intentionally to accommodate new students who live a considerable distance from Grand Rapids and cannot make two trips.

Register online using your Applicant Status page

Click here to register for PASSPORT. Register early to increase the chances you'll get into the session you want. Preference will be given to students who apply before May 1.

If you need to make changes to your Orientation registration, please resubmit your registration. If you need to make changes within two weeks PASSPORT please contact our office at or 616-526-8507.

Early and Late check-in

Did you sign up for an early check-in or late departure? Upon arrival, follow the road signs to the Check-in location, where you’ll receive a resource packet, room assignment, and personalized schedule.

  • Check-in for early arrivals is from 7:30 – 11 p.m. the evening before PASSPORT.
  • Refreshments and activities will be offered in the evening for students and families arriving the night before PASSPORT. Please note that meals will not begin until breakfast the following morning.
  • There is an additional $35 fee per family for early arrival for PASSPORTs III–V.
  • Late departures are available for PASSPORTs I-IV. This involves an additional night of housing and a light breakfast the next morning. Please note that late departure will not include housing for family members during PASSPORTs I,II, and V.
  • There is an additional $35 fee per family for late departure for PASSPORTs III and IV.