If you're starting Calvin in the fall as a first-year student, QUEST is for you. QUEST is a three-and-a-half day program that takes place just before school begins from August 30 – September 2, 2018. There will also be planned optional activities on September 3.

Your family members are welcome during move-in day and for an evening cookout on Commons Lawn. Following dinner, QUEST starts and is designed just for you.

If you are a new Transfer student, click here to learn about Transfer QUEST.

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'17 Theme – Place: Engaging, Understanding, and Renewing.

Our place deeply influences who we are and how we live. As orientation staff, we invite incoming students to shape and be shaped by Calvin, contributing their gifts, talents, and unique experiences to this place. Throughout QUEST, the concept of place will tie together the topics, discussions, and sessions intended to help students transition to college.

The first day of QUEST will focus on “Engaging Place,” and students will explore what it means to do God’s work by serving and learning in the city of Grand Rapids. Students will spend the second day of QUEST “Understanding Place” as they come to understand Calvin College’s faith, history, and vision, especially as it relates to Calvin being a reformed Liberal Arts college. The third and last day of QUEST focuses on ‘’Renewing Place.’’ At Calvin, we believe that God is renewing every aspect of this world. Students will be learning about the brokenness within ourselves, our college, and our world, and how God is renewing all.

What to Expect

Expect a warm welcome to Calvin! At QUEST you’ll meet a lot of new people: more than 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 QUEST, you’ll connect with an orientation group of about 22 other students who will go through QUEST together. If you’re a first-year student, this group will also be your fall First-Year Seminar class, which is a one-credit class you’ll take during your first semester.

QUEST includes a service-learning component, StreetFest, where you’ll visit and 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 a.m. into the evening), but you’ll be ready for classes to begin on Tuesday, September 4.

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

QUEST has three objectives:

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

During 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. If you are a first-year student, you are already enrolled.
  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 Thursday, August 30, anytime after 9 a.m.
  5. Print out driving directions and a campus map (see our Information & Resources page)

Checking In

You may move to campus Thursday, August 30 after 9 a.m. QUEST officially begins with an all-campus cookout at 5:00 p.m. with opening activities starting at 6:30 p.m.

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! You will have the entire day to get settled into your room. Your Orientation Leader (OL) will post a note on your door telling you your orientation group number. Following dinner you will assemble with your orientation group for check-in.

Off-Campus Students

You are welcome to have lunch and dinner on-campus during the day on August 31. You will receive a phone call to your off-campus residence from your Orientation Leader (OL) telling you your orientation group number which you will meet following dinner. We do not offer on-campus sleeping accommodations during QUEST, but all the meals during QUEST are included for you. Off-campus commuting students will arrive on campus at 2:45pm for the CONNECT Meet your Major event and will check in with their OLs at 4pm following the event.


All meals for new first-year students are included during QUEST, beginning with lunch on Thursday, August 30 and continuing through dinner on Monday, September 3.

Dates & Schedule


QUEST runs from August 30 – September 2, 2018.

You may move to campus on Thursday, August 30, after 9 a.m. Click here to learn about the move-in process. QUEST officially begins with an all-campus cookout at 5 p.m. and opening activities at 6:30 p.m., and concludes on the evening of Sunday, September 2. There will also be optional activities on Monday, September 3.

Parents - See our Parents & Family QUEST page for information.


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You will be automatically registered for QUEST after registering for PASSPORT through your Applicant Status page.

Orientation Costs

A $250 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in early September. This fee covers costs associated with both PASSPORT and QUEST, with the majority of the fee covering meals.