A big city with a small-town soul
Grand Rapids is an amazing college town with Midwest friendliness, big-city amenities and outdoor adventures. We have a legendary hot dog joint, a world-renowned art competition and mountain biking, snowboarding and kayaking just miles from campus. Add innovative medical research facilities, hundreds of internship opportunities and an entrepreneurial spirit, and you begin to get the picture: our city is a great place to live.
Grand Rapids’ ranking on Lonely Planet’s Best in United States Travel 2014 list
for raising a family, according to Forbes magazine
Grand Rapids ranked third in the nation for economic growth in 2016
ArtPrize awards the world’s largest prize for art.
in America, according to GQ magazine.
miles to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan
In Their Own Words
I'd never heard of Grand Rapids before I came to Calvin, but now that I'm here, I'm constantly in awe of the community and collaboration in this place. This city is full of creativity and compassion and endless opportunity. I'm so glad God put me here.” Gwyneth , Student
I spent my whole life living in Grand Rapids, but Calvin showed me a whole different side of the city. There were always events happening or organizations to join and opportunities to take advantage of. I did not expect Calvin to open so many doors or provide students with ways to explore Grand Rapids, but I am so thankful that it did!” Brooke , Graduate
Things to do and see
Calvin’s campus is beautiful, but there are times when you’ll want to explore a city that offers incredible shopping, eating and recreational activities. There’s a ton to do and see: