If this is your first time in any college or university and you are a U.S. citizen, you’ve come to the right place. Learn how to apply, make sure to check out the application deadlines, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

How to apply

To apply to Calvin, we need to receive the following:

  • Calvin College Application OR The Common Application
  • High school transcript – completed by your guidance counselor through the application
  • SAT or ACT or CLT scores – either from your official high school transcript or sent directly from the testing agency (SAT code 1095; ACT code 1968; CLT is the Classic Learning Test)
  • Academic recommendation – completed by a teacher you choose through the application
  • Transcripts – if you’ve done any college course work.

Returning applicants

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Application deadlines

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis until the deadlines below. For maximum scholarship consideration, be admitted by February 1.

Type Fall Semester January Interim Spring Semester
First-Year Aug. 15 Dec. 10 Jan. 10
Transfer Aug. 15 Dec. 10 Jan. 10
Canadian Aug. 1 N/A Jan. 10
International April 1 N/A Dec. 15*
Previously-admitted / guest students: Students applying for readmission or non-degree seeking students are admitted on a space-available basis and must apply by July 1 for consideration. Please follow the timeline in the chart above.

*We do not accept international applications mid-year unless you are an international student in the U.S. who is transferring to Calvin.

First-year student profile 2018-2019

  • High school GPA (average) 3.7
  • ACT average 26
  • SAT average 1212


Calvin College does not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, or disability in any of its educational programs or activities.