Wellness & Safety

Helping you thrive

Calvin's outstanding wellness and safety services help you make the most of your education. Rated among the Top 20 Best Health Services and Best Counseling Services in the country by the Princeton Review, Calvin offers exceptional opportunities that keep you healthy in body, mind, and spirit. These services allow you to excel as a student, to graduate well, and to achieve your personal and professional goals.

From the talented providers in Health Services to the highly qualified staff at the Center for Counseling and Wellness and the professional campus safety officers who serve as first responders, Calvin ensures a campus environment where you can thrive as a student and as a child of God.

Health Services

Stay healthy

Calvin’s on-campus health services office is a full-service, primary care facility staffed by full-time doctors and medical professionals. Health Services can help if you get the flu, need an immunization, or hurt your ankle playing wiffle ball. We’ll be there if and when you need help managing allergies, dietary needs, ADHD, and more. We also coordinate care with top-tier hospitals in Grand Rapids and work in-network with many insurance providers.

“When I left for [Calvin], I was worried that I would be on my own for some particular health and counseling needs. At Calvin, I have been amazed at how good these services are. They are better than what I had at home, by far. I know that the people at Calvin totally have my back. Providing for these needs allows me to focus on being a successful student!”

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Best Health Services

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Services include:

  • Primary care
  • ADHD services
  • Women’s healthcare
  • Sports Medicine
  • Acne care
  • Student insurance
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • And more …

Counseling & Wellness

Strengthen your resilience

This can be a stressful time. That’s why the Center for Counseling and Wellness provides a wide range of resources to help you strengthen your emotional resilience and be successful in your academic and personal endeavors. Our team of highly qualified, licensed counselors utilize a nationally recognized Stepped Care Model to provide customized mental health services and recommendations for each student who walks through the door. Guided by core values of professional excellence, diversity & inclusion, compassionate care, and Christian faith, our center is there for you at your time of need. Come grow with us!

“Honestly, my entire experience at CCW has been fantastic, insightful, empowering. It has helped me cope and grow in my time here at Calvin”.

“I came into this group having very little practical knowledge on how to deal with my anxiety. Learning from and talking with [my group facilitator] has really positively impacted how I can approach and handle my anxiety and depression.”

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Best Counseling Services

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Services include:

  • Workshops and seminars
  • Therapy groups
  • Individual counseling
  • Artistic expression groups
  • And more …

Fitness & Recreation

Live wholeheartedly

Calvin offers all the tools you need to stay active and healthy while you're here. We have great fitness options, one-on-one personal training, and outstanding facilities. Become a regular in Calvin’s 10,000 square-foot fitness center. Do some laps on the indoor track or in the aquatic center. Join a group fitness class to work out with peers. Head outside and find well-groomed athletic fields, an 8k cross-country course, a dozen tennis courts, and miles of walking paths. Interested in playing intramural sports, climbing a world-class rock wall, or borrowing backpacking supplies? It’s all right here on campus!

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Services include:

  • Climbing Center
  • Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center
  • Huizenga Tennis & Track Center
  • Morren Fitness Center
  • Van Noord Arena
  • Venema Aquatic Center

Student Success

Cultivate success

Your university success is our goal. Calvin provides extensive academic services to help you become the best student you can be. This starts with one-on-one academic advising and extends to connecting you with a tutor or academic coach. Having trouble with procrastination or balancing your workload? They’ll help you with time management. Struggling to prepare for the big test? They’ll help you learn new study skills. Having difficulty keeping track of assignments? They’ll help you develop better organizational habits. Whether you're concerned about a specific class or managing university life overall, we’re here for you. Calvin uses a system of coordinated care designed to create a culture of support for every student, wherever and whatever needs arise. Visit the Center for Student Success, and see how they can help you succeed.

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Services include:

  • Advising
  • Disability services
  • Online academic calendar
  • Study assistance
  • First-year student guide
  • And more …

Campus Safety

Stay safe

Calvin’s Campus Safety department provides services that create a safe and well-ordered campus environment. There are continuous officer patrols, campus video surveillance, late-night safety escorts, and more. With Calvin’s Campus Safety department, you can rest assured that you're protected. Our campus safety officers have law enforcement training and the experience needed to keep this community safe, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Best of all, Calvin officers have a heart for students. They even help unlock vehicles and jumpstart dead batteries on cold days.

“I was very happy with the interaction with the officer. He even talked with my mother who was concerned when she called Campus Safety. [I give them] 10 out of 10.”

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Services include:

  • 24/7 dispatch availability
  • Safe escort to and from campus locations
  • Regular safety reports
  • Multi-channel student emergency notifications
  • Regular parking lot patrols

NOTE: An annual wellness fee is billed to students to assist the operations of all Calvin's wellness services. More information on the Wellness Fee FAQ.

Holistic Wellness Services

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Calvin Lifework

Calvin LifeWork prepares you for the rest of your life, from your career to your relationships to your overall success. Whatever you find God calling you to, Calvin LifeWork will help you dive right in!

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Campus Ministries

Campus ministries helps you grow in your faith and apply it to everything you do. Engage in chapel and worship services, Bible studies, and conversations with chaplains and peers. Help build a community of Christians committed to seeking and serving God.

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Dietary Considerations

Calvin provides healthy food options that emphasize lean proteins, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, beans, and whole grains. Vegan or vegetarian? No problem. Food allergies? You can meet with a registered dietician. Posted allergy information and nut-free tables are available in the dining halls.

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Intercultural Student Development

Calvin is working to become an inclusive campus community where all students feel a sense of belonging and wholeness. Join a fellowship group, find immigration resources, or develop your leadership potential—you'll contribute to the flourishing of this community as you do.


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