Calvin’s newest residence hall wing, van Reken Hall, is home to three distinct and intentional living-learning floors: Outdoor Recreation / Creation Care (exploring environmental sustainability and recreational leisure responsibility), Grassroots (exploring race and ethnicity in ourselves and more broadly in North America) and Honors.

Each floor is architecturally arranged to facilitate strong co-ed communities as well as to deepen the learning that happens there. Through learning events and community practices, students are invited to think and act more intentionally in relation to the theme of their particular floor.

Hall-based living-learning communities are open primarily to first- and second-year students, with one or two resident assistants serving a floor community of 40 students. Faculty or staff mentors partner with each floor in an effort to help students foster deep learning. Space is limited, and an additional application is required.

Application Process

Living-Learning applications will go live early February 2021.

Priority is given to new students who apply by May 1, 2021 and current students returning to Calvin who apply through March 17, 2021.

Living-learning hall floors