Programs

Calvin University, founded in 1876, is a Christian, diverse, and academic community dedicated to rigorous intellectual inquiry. Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The university fosters scholarship that creates new knowledge, that performs creative work, and that sustains natural and cultural resources. A Calvin education, marked by scholarly engagement with enduring questions and emerging concerns, prepares students to answer God’s call to live and serve in God’s world as agents of renewal. Calvin hosts a 13% international student body, 14:1 faculty to student ratio, and small class sizes that provide individual classroom instruction. More Information

Business

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What’s amazing about the business program at Calvin? You’ll have remarkable internship opportunities. Your professors will be industry leaders and committed Christians. And your classes will tackle real-world business problems through practical experiences, creative solutions, Christian ethics, and adaptive thinking. Tracks in Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Financial Planning, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"At Calvin, I truly felt like this was where I belonged. Jason Stansbury, my business ethics professor, became my career mentor. I wouldn't be as successful as I am now if it were not for the career advice he has given me."
Justin Xu
2016, China

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Engineering

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We hear it again and again from employers: Calvin engineering alumni have the technical skills expected of graduates from much larger programs, but also the critical thinking and communication skills you’d expect from a top Christian liberal arts university like Calvin. They are able to design creatively, even outside of their specific disciplinary focus, and can adapt to a constantly evolving field. Tracks include Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, Civil & Environmental, Biomedical.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"Coming to Calvin, I was looking for quality education, but also more. I knew my college years would be very important, so I was looking for a place where I could make unforgettable memories and have life-changing experiences. I knew I needed room to grow and learn about myself - and I definitely found that at Calvin."
Temitope Ogunnoiki
2018, Nigeria

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Nursing

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As a nursing major at Calvin, you’ll have all the benefits of a fully accredited nursing program with a great reputation in the community. Learn from amazing professors with decades of teaching and clinical experience. Work in the nursing simulation lab on high-fidelity mannequins and benefit from Calvin’s connections to world-renowned hospitals like Mercy Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. You will graduate with confidence in your ability to pass the NCLEX exam and go on to graduate school or a rewarding career in nursing in any setting. At Calvin, you’ll be surrounded by people who understand that nursing is a calling to serve Christ and his kingdom. You will work to promote human health and dignity in every space.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"I had a lot of questions about faith and academics and could always go to my professors. They were open to answering questions in class, and then they invited me back to their offices to talk more afterwards. It was very refreshing."
2016, India

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Computer Science

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At Calvin, you’ll master the intricacies of computer science and learn to apply them to anything from database architecture to machine learning. In rigorous courses, you’ll dig into front-page topics like computer security, web development, and deep learning. Work directly with professors on high-end, cutting-edge equipment you’d normally only find at a tier-one research school. You’ll join a community that believes that computers, apps, and digital systems are not ends in themselves, but rather areas we are called to explore and develop in service to God and our neighbor. At Calvin, you will not only develop technical competence, but be challenged to think deeply about creating applications that make a positive impact on today’s world.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"I can confidently say that every professor made a tremendous impact on me. While they may challenge you and push you to the edge of your abilities, they are always quick to remind you that your identity is not in your grades, but ultimately in God."
Andrew Oppong
2018, Ghana

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Education

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When you study education at Calvin, you don’t have to wait to make an impact on students. You will engage in rigorous inquiry and develop practical teaching skills by stepping outside your classroom and into theirs. Study education theory. Network with local teachers to see it in practice. Develop lesson plans that engage every kind of learner and apply them in diverse environments. Learn about classroom management and step to the head of the classroom as you lead students to success. With direction from expert professors, you will learn how to engage the whole student—preparing them to thrive. Calvin’s education program has a reputation for excellence, and our graduates pursue careers in all types of schools. Tracks in Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, and English as a Second Language.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"The Calvin curriculum has stretched my imagination because it is very difficult to think of merging concepts of Christian faith with the fundamentals of a course like Organic Chemistry. Integrating faith with learning requires deep thinking, and that’s what Calvin stands for; that’s what makes its curriculum challenging! That’s what makes it unique as an educational institution! Being a part of a community which broadens my horizons as Christian thinker makes me thankful."
Emmanuel Gyimah
Ghana

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Biology

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Let’s say you want to be a doctor—or maybe a scientific researcher. Here’s what your bachelor of science degree will look like at Calvin: standing at a lab table beside experienced PhDs, researching topics like HIV, multiple sclerosis, and rare diseases. Asking those PhDs—your Christian professors and mentors—for guidance on your career path and help navigating the scientific community as a believer. And that’s just the beginning. Calvin’s connections with the local and global scientific community will open plenty of opportunities for you. Our reputable pre-med program and student supports will help you determine—and then achieve—your career goals. Our grads excel as graduate students, physicians, and epidemiologists, and so will you.

Requirements

Proof of high school/secondary school completion, ACT/SAT or IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo test results (possibly waived), recommended high school classes of math, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language.

Reviews

"Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Learn to deal with discomfort and embrace what's different. You'll be surprised by the growth you'll experience through what you discover."
Ana Barahona Reyes
2017, Honduras

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International Summer Academy

Description

Come join us for four weeks of on-campus learning to prepare for attending a university in the U.S. You’ll take a course for credit, improve your conversational and academic English skills, and become confident in who you are in a safe, welcoming environment.

This program provides an academic and cultural immersion experience to prepare upcoming high school/secondary school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend a university in the U.S. Students will live on campus and experience university life while participating in one of two study tracks (academic or language), and will have access to Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities for activities like rock climbing and swimming. Aditionally, students will participate in group devotions and outings such as a trip to Chicago.

Requirements

International students living in the United States, international students living abroad, or Americans living abroad qualify for this program if they meet the following criteria:
~ Students who are currently enrolled in their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school/secondary school
~ Students who have an advance English language level (academic track), or an intermediate English language level (English immersion track)

Financials

The cost of the program covers tuition, room and board, books, and activities. International Summer Academy students qualify for the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship as well as other merit-based scholarships if they later enroll at Calvin University for full-time undergraduate study.

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