Find your niche Unique programs for first-year Calvin students

The Artist Collaborative

In a nutshell: Create and study art, intensively, with other artists.

Perks:
Join forces with creative peers on campus, in Grand Rapids and abroad to make intentional and meaningful art. On the way, you’ll gain vocational skills like entrepreneurship, leadership and advocacy.

The details:
This two-year program centers around two interim courses called “Truth and Reconciliation: The Artist Response.” The first is on campus; the second is a trip to Indonesia. Throughout the two years you will attend arts-focused events, create work with other Collaborative members and showcase your finished work at the end of the program.

Who qualifies: The Artist Collaborative is open to high school seniors coming to Calvin in the fall of 2017 (must be admitted to Calvin by February 1). Anyone with an interest in arts-related activities or academic programs can apply (art major not required). But hurry, there are only 25 open spots.

Where do I find more information?

Visit the Artist Collaborative website

The Honors Program

In a nutshell: Turn your curiosity into credit hours.

Perks:
Take specialized classes designed for highly-motivated and relentlessly curious students like you. Or, turn any regular class into a personalized honors experience with an honors contract.

The details:
To remain in the program you need to take at least one honors class per year and maintain a GPA of 3.3 during your first two years, 3.4 during your junior year and 3.5 during your senior year. Outside of that, you are free to take as many or as few honors classes as you like.

To graduate with honors, you must take at least 6 honors courses, maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and complete a final honors project or thesis depending on your specific major requirements. See honors requirements for your major or program »

Who qualifies:
Incoming students invited to participate in the program typically have an ACT score of 29 or higher (1290 SAT) or Canadian high school average marks of 91% or higher. If you don’t meet these exact criteria, you can still apply if you have a solid academic record and strong self-motivation.

Where do I find more information?

Visit the Honors website

Research Fellows

In a nutshell: Get professional research experience working alongside world-class professors.

Perks:
Research major topics in your field, travel to conferences, go on a semester or interim abroad and get priority access to Calvin’s Living-Learning Communities. Along the way you’ll be trained in specialized investigation and analysis, giving you the skills you need for graduate school or your future career.

The details:
Fellows work on a research project with either a Calvin professor or one of Calvin’s research centers in exchange for living and travel stipends. Projects can last for a summer or an academic year.

Who qualifies:
Full-time students admitted no later than January 1, 2017 with high motivation and strong academic test scores are invited to apply for the program. The competitive selection process will include a series of interviews, out of which 20 candidates will be selected.

Where do I find more information?:
calvin.edu/honors/research-fellows
Please note that International students and American students living abroad have different application criteria and deadlines.

Perkins Fellows

In a nutshell: Be prepared to address the world's big issues.

Perks:
This small group meets for two years and is all about leadership development. Courses, conferences and other opportunities will prepare you to address big issues like poverty, injustice, racism and materialism. Bonus: Two students will be selected for a full-tuition scholarship.

The details:
Perkins Fellows strive to be servant leaders who are committed to renewal and restoration of our communities. This program includes an immersive college experience the summer before beginning at Calvin, specially-designed leadership courses, dinners with prominent Calvin leaders and an all-expenses-paid spring break service trip.

Who qualifies:
High school seniors planning to attend Calvin in the fall of 2017. Preference is given to students whose parents did not attend college. Open to all students considering any major.

Where do I find more information?:

Visit the Perkins Fellows website

VERGE: fall 2016

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