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Parents & Family Newsletter
October 19, 2021

Campus Calendar

October 22: STEM Division summer research poster fair
October 23: Luminous film pre-release screening (features Calvin students)
October 27: Upperclass Housing Info Night
November 2–3: Advising Days (no class)
November 5: Last day to request a tutor or drop a class 
November 7: All Campus Worship led by international students
November 12–13, 19–20: Calvin Theatre Company: It’s a Wonderful Life radio play
December 10–16: Exams
December 17, 10 a.m: Residence halls close for Christmas break
November 24–28: Thanksgiving break (residence and dining halls open)

Full events calendar »

Full academic calendar »

Academic Advising: November 2–3

During Academic Advising, there are no classes so students can meet with faculty advisors to be cleared for spring course registration. (Wednesday night classes still meet.) These days are also an opportunity to get caught up on assignments and projects.

Students check their academic progress using self service (also known as their academic evaluation report) and are able to plot out all required courses for their major, core, and any minors or other requirements on a semester-by-semester plan. Fall 2022 semester abroad programs in Ghana, Peru, and France are now open for application.

If your first-year student is still focusing their academic interest, the PathwayU assessment is a module in the Calvin LifeWork program which helps identify majors and careers based on personality, interests, and values.

Learn more about Academic Advising or about the new core curriculum for first-year students. Contact with questions.


Upperclass Housing Information Night

Upperclass Housing Information Night is Wednesday, October 27, 8 p.m. at Knollcrest Dining Hall. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about future housing options, including Calvin's Knollcrest East apartments, Project Neighborhood, Alliance, and off-campus housing.


Support for writing papers, presentations, reports

The Rhetoric Center is available to all students for assistance with written, visual, and oral class projects. For help getting started and organizing thoughts. For editing final drafts. To take writing and presentations to the next level—from average to good, from good to great. Rhetoric Center student consultants represent a wide range of academic disciplines to support students from all majors. Learn how this works and meet the team.


Financial coaching

Calvin offers a free NEXUS peer financial coaching program which integrates biblical principles while equipping students to manage finances and investing. They cover topics such as budgeting, credit, giving, housing, investing, savings, identity theft, taxes, and more!


Spark magazine delivery options

Spark, the Alumni Association magazine, is sent to all parents via mail (North America) or email (international). The fall issue features Calvin’s liberal arts education and an interview with new provost Noah Toly.

North American families: If you would like to receive an electronic flip-book edition of Spark instead of the print magazine, reply to us at to let us know.


Prince Center family discount

Visiting campus for fall events? Planning ahead for holiday travel or family gatherings? Calvin parents/guardians can receive a discounted rate on Prince Conference Center hotel rooms by using promo code PRNT when booking online. The Prince Center is also equipped to host business meetings, family reunion dinners, wedding receptions, and other gatherings of five to 300 people.

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My Heart I Offer To You LORD, Promptly And Sincerely
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