PASSPORT is one of two orientation programs required for first-year students. It is a one-day experience that will help you learn about college life.

Parents and family members are invited, too. Young family members may accompany adults, but we are unable to provide programming for them. If you register any siblings, they will need to attend the adult sections.

Orientation dates

7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.—All sessions required
If you cannot attend for the entire day, please register for another date.

  • PASSPORT I–May 4, 2018 (early arrival May 3)
  • PASSPORT II–June 22, 2018 (early arrival June 21)
  • PASSPORT III–July 9, 2018 (early arrival July 8)
  • PASSPORT IV–August 29-30, 2018 (early arrival August 28)

PASSPORT IV occurs immediately prior to the time when all new students must report to Calvin so those who live far enough from Grand Rapids don't have to make two trips.

Early check-in

  • Check-in for early arrivals from 7:30–11 p.m. the evening prior.
  • Refreshments and activities will be offered the night before PASSPORT. Meals will not begin until breakfast the following morning.
  • There is an additional $35 fee per family for early arrival for PASSPORTs II–III.

Costs

  • $250 orientation fee charged to your student account—covers all costs associated with PASSPORT and QUEST
  • Housing for family members not included
  • Additional costs associated with Wilderness Orientation, IMPACT and International PASSPORT
  • Up to two adult family members can attend at no further cost—additional family members $50 each.

There's no charge for students to stay in the residence halls. For PASSPORT II or III, families can stay in the residence halls for a $35 charge (covers accommodations for family members). Student’s orientation cost does not change even if opting to stay elsewhere.

Register online using your Applicant Status page


Register early to increase your chances to get the session you want. Preference is given to students who apply before May.

To make changes to your Orientation registration, please resubmit. To make changes within two weeks of PASSPORT please contact our office (orientation@calvin.edu or 616-526-8507).

More information

What to expect at PASSPORT

For students

  1. Get introduced to Calvin’s purpose, people and programs.
  2. Help ensure your smooth transition to college.
  3. Prepare academically for your years at Calvin.
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.
  • Attend campus worship and group activities.
  • And much more...
Learn about:
  • Living in the residence halls or off-campus.
  • Calvin’s core curriculum, your major and academics.
  • The transition to college.

For parents and guardians

  • Learn about services the college provides.
  • Become familiar with the college’s vision and curriculum.
  • Attend a variety of workshops and model classes.
  • Meet other families and examine what this time of transition means for your family.
Before you arrive
  1. Register yourself (and your family members) for the program via your Applicant Status page.
  2. Pay your enrollment deposit.
  3. Be sure you have received three confirmation emails from Campus Involvement and Leadership (in your new Calvin email account):
    • the first confirming your registration
    • the second, approximately one month prior to your session
    • the third, one week prior to your session
  4. Print out the driving directions and campus map.
Checking in
PASSPORT I
  • Check-in from 8–8:30 a.m. on the first day of PASSPORT at the Chapel Patio.
  • Early check-in is from 7:30–10 p.m. the evening before PASSPORT at the Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC) Lobby.
PASSPORTs II and III
  • Check-in from 7:30–8:45 a.m. on the first day of PASSPORT in Parking Lot #9.
  • Early check-in is from 7:00–10 p.m. on the evening before PASSPORT in Parking Lot #9.

Students must request early arrival with their registration. Contact us if you have already registered but would like to arrive early.

PASSPORT IV
  • If you are a residential student, move into your residence hall from 6–9 p.m. on August 28 or from 8–9:30 a.m. on August 29.
Accommodations

Students

  • For PASSPORTs I–III, if you choose to stay on campus you will be placed with a roommate and suitemates in a residence hall for students only.
  • If your family needs accommodations for PASSPORTs II or III, they will have their own room in a separate residence hall.
  • Those attending PASSPORT IV will move into their permanent residence hall.

Parents and guardians

PASSPORTs I and V

We are unable to offer residence hall housing for families during PASSPORTs I and IV. Please arrange for housing with the Prince Conference Center or off-campus option.

For PASSPORTs II and III
RESIDENCE HALL OPTION

When your student registers for PASSPORT, they will also be able to register you for on-campus accommodations in a residence hall. Families and couples will be given a dorm suite (two bedrooms with an adjoining bathroom) while individual family members will share a suite with another same-gendered parent.

Please note, there is a $35 charge for extra family members to stay in the residence halls. This fee covers accommodations for all additional family members.

PRINCE CONFERENCE CENTER OPTION

A limited number of rooms at the Prince Conference Center, a hotel owned and operated by Calvin College, are also available for on-campus housing for a fee. When calling to reserve a room, mention that you are with PASSPORT to receive a slight discount.

What to bring
Attendees should bring:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Casual clothing
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Backpack/day bag (optional)
Overnight guests may also want to bring the following:
  • Toiletries
  • Fan—Fans available to rent for a small fee; availability is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Alarm clock

Pillows, linens and towels are provided.

Meals

All meals served in Knollcrest or Commons Dining Hall and require a PASSPORT name tag. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for the day of PASSPORT only.