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

Parents and family members are invited, too. For young family members, keep in mind that we do not have programming for them. If you register any siblings, they will need to attend the adult sections.


7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
If you cannot attend for the entire day, please register for another date. You only need to attend one PASSPORT.

  • PASSPORT I: Friday, June 19, 2020 (early arrival June 17)
  • PASSPORT II: Monday, July 29, 2020 (early arrival July 28)
  • PASSPORT III: Thursday, August 27, 2020 (early arrival August 26)

PASSPORT III occurs immediately prior to the time when all new students arrive on campus for the school year, so those who live far enough from Grand Rapids don’t have to make two trips.

  • QUEST– August 28–August 31, 2020
    Part two of orientation required for all incoming students.


  • $250 orientation fee charged to your student account—covers all costs associated with orientation at Calvin.
  • Housing for family members not included.
  • Additional costs associated with Wilderness Orientation and International PASSPORT.
  • Up to two adult family members can attend at no further cost—additional family members $25 each.

There’s no charge for students to stay in the residence halls. For PASSPORT I or II, 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 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 ( or 616-526-8507).

More information

What to expect at PASSPORT

For students

  • Get introduced to Calvin’s purpose, people, and programs.
  • Help ensure your smooth transition to university life.
  • 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 university provides.
  • Become familiar with the university’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 and Schedule
Early check-in
  • Early check-in is available if you need to arrive the night before.
  • Refreshments and activities will be offered. Meals will not begin until breakfast the following morning.
  • There is an additional $35 fee per family for early arrival for PASSPORTs I and II.

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


Check-in details will be made available soon!

Tentative Schedule

Will be emailed to students and families prior to their PASSPORT date.



  • For PASSPORTs I and II, 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 I or II, they will have their own room in a separate residence hall.
  • Those attending PASSPORT III will move into their permanent residence hall.

Parents and guardians


We are unable to offer residence hall housing for families during PASSPORT III. Please arrange for housing with the Prince Conference Center or off-campus 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.


A limited number of rooms at the Prince Conference Center, a hotel owned and operated by Calvin University, are also available as 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 are available to rent for a small fee; availability is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Alarm clock

Pillows, linens, and towels are provided.


All meals are 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.