- Preparing for Class
- International Students
- Other Information
Now that you’ve been admitted to Calvin Seminary, what do you need to do next?
- If you haven’t already done so, please complete this online enrollment form to let us know your future plans. Enrollment decisions are due by July 1 for the fall semester or December 15 for the spring semester. By enrolling, you are officially confirming your intention to become a student at Calvin Seminary.
- Once you have enrolled, you do not need to do anything to initiate the process of registering. Detailed registration information will be sent to new students via email in June (for those starting in the fall) and January (for those starting in the spring). The registrar will sign up students for their first semester of classes. Each semester thereafter, students register themselves online.
- International students need to secure a student visa. Please refer to the “International Student” tab for instructions.
Welcome to Calvin Seminary. We are very glad that you’re here!
Fall 2014 orientation information
- International student orientation for all degree programs is August 18-22 (spouses can participate at select times). All students from outside North America are required to attend. Here is the schedule for the orientation: 2014 International Student Orientation Information
- Residential and distance student orientation, or Gateway to Seminary, for all MDiv, MTS and MA students is scheduled for August 25-29, 2014. This is a required, one-credit course that Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 students must attend. (Spouses can participate in select sessions.) Advanced standing exams will be offered once during Gateway, but you are encouraged to take the advanced standing exams on your own during the summer with a proctor (more information here). More information about lodging and travel can be found here. You can find the Gateway schedule here: Gateway Schedule 2014
- ThM orientation is Thursday, August 26, from 1:10 – 2:15 p.m.
- PhD orientation is Friday, August 22, from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
- EPMC orientation for residential students is to be determined.
Spring 2015 orientation information
- January orientation – all residential students beginning in the spring will have a brief orientation to Calvin Seminary on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. At that time, ThM students will meet individually with the program director, Dr. Mariano Avila.
- Gateway 2015 – all MDiv, MA and MTS students (including distance students) who begin in the spring are required to attend Gateway in August of 2015. Dates still TBD.
If you have confirmed your enrollment with the admissions office, then you do not need to initiate the registration process. Students enrolled for Fall will be emailed information about registering in June. Students enrolled for the Spring semester will be emailed information about registration in January. Please do not email the Registrar with questions before then, as she will work with incoming students after current students are registered for courses.
Fall 2014 incoming students
Fall registration is done by the registrar for all new students. Once you are signed up for a course, you will have access to course syllabi through our online learning management system, Canvas.
Spring 2015 incoming students
Spring registration is done by the registrar for all new students. More information about spring registration will be sent in January 2015. Once you are signed up for a course, you will have access to course syllabi through our online learning management system Canvas.
To view the course schedule, please click here and select the term you wish to see (future terms are posted only as the start date approaches). Calvin Seminary’s calendar, including important dates for the academic year can be found here. Questions? Contact the admissions office.
For estimated costs of attending Calvin Seminary, please review:
- North American Student Cost of Attendance
- Distance M.Div. Cost of Attendance
- International Student Cost of Attendance
Financial statements are emailed to student accounts automatically on the 25th of every month. The Financial Services Office receives both tuition and rent payments by cash, check, or online with bank account routing numbers (no credit cards are accepted). International students are strongly encouraged to open an American bank account while living in the U.S. It is the responsibility of each student to make payments on time according to the following schedule:
Summer & Fall tuition: due September 30
January term & Spring tuition: due February 28
May term tuition: due May 31
* Payment plans are available and need to be made individually with the Financial Services Office.
Applications to live in seminary housing are due on April 1 (for fall semester) or December 1 (for spring semester). Those who apply by April 1 will be notified in early May regarding decisions. If you missed the deadline, you may still apply, but placements are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Move-in dates are determined individually based on the availability of each apartment and confirmed in a housing contract. All apartments will be ready no later than August 15. A deposit is due upon signing the housing contract. Rent is due monthly. Seminary apartments are not furnished.
Once you are registered for courses, you’ll have access to syllabi through Canvas, our online learning management system. All MDiv and MTS students will utilize digital Bible tools to aid in learning Greek and Hebrew, but no particular software program is required. More detailed instructions and expectations for digital resources will be discussed during Gateway.
If you’re interested in reading on your own for spiritual growth or ministry preparation, the following book list has been compiled by our faculty and current students. No preparatory reading is required, but these books may be helpful as you anticipate seminary studies.
Devotional Classics or/and Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
The Celebration of Discipline walks the reader through the classic spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith, including inward, outward, and corporate disciplines. Foster’s Devotional Classics offers the reader fifty-two selections by great devotional writers organized for the reader to explore over the course of one year.
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
This work is a compelling devotional resource that has been an essential aid for spiritual growth since Willard wrote it in 1990.
A Little Book for New Theologians by Kelly M. Kapic
Kapic writes an introduction to theology but in very simple, short form. This book also draws out the relevance of theology for Christian life, worship, mission and witness.
A Light to the Nations by Michael Goheen
Calvin Seminary Professor of Missiology, Dr. Michael Goheen, writes about God’s mission to all the peoples of the world as traced throughout the Bible. His investigation is an authoritative message for the church today to be missional.
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
John Calvin’s Institutes is very readable and helpful to all Christians whether young believers or proficient scholars. Working through an understanding of God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Church, Calvin explores both the “knowledge of God” and “knowledge of ourselves” with pointed expression.
The Christian Faith by Michael Horton
This more formal systematic theology is both new and clearly Reformed. A good introduction to Reformed theology, Horton is thorough and clear.
Desiring the Kingdom by Jamie Smith
Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom offers an articulate understanding of both a Reformed worldview, and how worship fits into that worldview. It is written at a thoughtful yet fairly popular level (where popular includes footnotes).
Creation Regained by Al Wolters
Wolters presents an integrated Reformed analysis of salvation history: creation, fall, and redemption, to show that the fall is inescapable and that Christians are called to participate in Christ’s redemption of all creation.
Students coming from outside North America, please plan to attend international student orientation. The dates for that will be determined soon.
Once you have enrolled, you must begin the process to obtain a student visa. The first step is to complete and submit the Declaration of Finances form. Please determine your estimated cost of attendance by referring to the worksheets below.
Get to know Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is a lively city with an active arts and entertainment scene, great schools, affordable housing, and an accessible downtown area. Click here to learn more about what to do in and around West Michigan.
At Calvin Seminary, spouses and children are part of community life. Spouses are invited to participate in the following ways: attend annual social events (for example, the picnic before fall semester and Christmas gathering in December), come to chapel, sing in the seminary choir, attend class as a visitor, serve as a mentor in the international friends program, play intramural sports, volunteer for and utilize the Idema Food Pantry and Clothing Bank, grow with other spouses through Spouse and Family Ministries, and receive discounted marriage counseling sessions through the Broene Counseling Center.
To park a car on campus, you will need a parking permit. Permits cost $20 and must be renewed each year. To obtain a permit, complete this form.
The Calvin Seminary building, Hekman Library and all seminary apartments are equipped with wireless internet. Click here for instructions to access the wireless network.
All students will be issued a Calvin Seminary ID, which also serves as a library card and building access card. ID cards will be created and distributed during Gateway.