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Transfers & Adult Learners

Transfer Orientation is for students transferring to Calvin from another college or university. It takes place just before classes begin. There are also optional activities offered to help you connect with Calvin.

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Dates & schedule

Transfer Orientation runs from August 28–August 31. Transfer Orientation officially begins at 10 a.m., continuing through August 31.

Transitions I (winter) will be held January 5–6, 2021.

Transitions II (spring) is scheduled for January 27–29, 2021.

More information

  • Cost

    A $150 orientation fee will be charged to your student account a few weeks following orientation. This fee covers all costs associated with Transfer Orientation.

  • What to expect

    At Transfer Orientation, 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 about Calvin and the resources that are here for you.

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

    Transfer Orientation includes a service-learning component (Streetfest) where you’ll learn about one of the eclectic neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. The days are full, running from approximately 9 a.m. and going into the evening, but you’ll be ready for classes to begin on Tuesday, September 1.

  • Before you arrive

    Steps to complete before you arrive

    1. Register for the program on your applicant status page.
    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. Print out driving directions and a campus map from our Information and Resources page.

    Moving In

    Fall transfer students may move onto campus on Thursday, August 27 based on your response to the move-in survey

    Fall students, upon arrival, follow the signs to your residence hall. This is where you will check in. You will be greeted by "We-Haulers"—students eager to transport your belongings from your vehicle into your residence hall room.

    Winter transfer students may move onto campus starting on Monday, January 6, 2021 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Spring transfer students may move onto campus on January 28, 2021 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.. This first day on campus you will have time to settle in your room, get COVID screened, and explore campus. The following day, we will have our office orientation kick-off.

    Off-Campus students

    Plan to be at Calvin by 12:30 p.m. for a kick-off meeting, where you will receive your schedule and instructions.

  • Meals and Accommodations


    Meals for new transfer students, both on- and off-campus, are provided during Transfer PASSPORT—beginning with lunch on Thursday, August 27 and continuing through dinner on Monday, August 31.


    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. The 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 Transfer PASSPORT program for a slight discount. There are also several off-campus options nearby.


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