College Sophomore 2013-09-16T00:12:29Z
Health & Safety:
The people at health services are really nice and will get you in to see a doctor very quickly. There isn't much trouble on campus so Campus safety doesn't have to do much but they are there if anything bad happens.
College Sophomore 2013-09-16T00:10:25Z
The accounting program was very simple to get into and there wasn't any special application. The advisors do a pretty good job of letting you know which classes you should take.
College Sophomore 2013-09-15T23:38:34Z
Calvin has such a strong christian community and the drinking scene is basically nonexistent. It also has very strong academic programs that include Engineering, Nursing and Accounting (5th best CPA pass rate of any college in the US).
College Sophomore 2013-09-14T03:19:24Z
There are many duplexes and other housing options available within a mile of campus. They go quickly though so you need to get started on off campus housing early.
College Sophomore 2013-09-14T03:19:11Z
The Facilities are excellent and well maintained. The academic buildings are easily accessible, the library has multiple floors and plenty of study areas, and the fieldhouse is top-notch.
College Sophomore 2013-08-20T02:26:43Z
We are five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids which is one the of the most easiest places to be vegan or vegetarian while still getting great food for a reasonable cost. Bartertown is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that has $2 tacos which are amazing. There are many more opinions for meat lovers one including Smokey bones which is a bbq restaurant with cheap food
College Sophomore 2013-08-15T20:52:23Z
Pretty good options, but nothing super special or healthy really.
College Sophomore 2013-08-15T20:52:02Z
There aren't too many options around campus. Prices are okay.
College Sophomore 2013-08-15T20:50:33Z
Guys & Girls:
Pretty good variety, but people rarely branch out of their own groups.
College Sophomore 2013-08-15T20:48:53Z
Winter is not fun. When the sun comes out, everyone's outside. I'm from SoCal so the weather I'm used to doesn't even compare to Michigan's weather.
College Junior 2013-07-22T00:57:12Z
Get very crowded during exam times which could be a big hassle but other then that you can find a computer to use. Wi-Fi is terrible here, they recently changed the network because of all the complaints, but the new network is even worst then the one before. Usually really bad if you have a Mac like I do. Be prepared to get kicked off the network every 5 minutes. Its very annoying and upsetting. Makes me want to throw my laptop across the room, but then I think about how much it cost and then I reconsider. But Wi-Fi, at Calvin is terrible.
College Junior 2013-07-22T00:52:08Z
Public transportation is really good. The bus runs every 15 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes during the weekend. You can get a Calvin card for the bus, which is free and it will allow you to ride the bus for 0.50. I wouldn't suggest taking a cab. Did once to the movie theatre down the street and it cost over $20.00.
College Junior 2013-07-22T00:49:31Z
The weather is pretty nice during spring and fall. Campus is beautiful during these times as well. Calvin is a green campus, so its not hard to find a tree and study under it. The summer gets pretty warm but not too high. Im not a fan of a lot of heat so I stay near the air conditioner. It snows a lot here but its nothing new when dealing with Michigan. One thing for certain is that classes rarely get cancelled. It happened once my sophomore year, and that was the first time in over 20 years.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:51:18Z
I Lived in Noordewier which is the oldest hall on campus. The rooms were about average size, but it was a challenge to stack furniture in a way that fit both the safety requirements and the size of the room. There were a few times during the year that the heat or air went out, and sometimes the water just seemed to never heat up. But other than that the cleaning crew is great and kept all public area including the basement and lobby very clean and a friendly atmosphere to hang out with friends.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:45:02Z
Parking for the dorms was sometimes tricky depending what dorm you were in. With a parking permit I was always able to find a spot within 2 minutes of pulling in. Granted if you were living off-campus, it may be more difficult to find a parking space, but if you are willing to walk a little distance there are plenty of parking spots available for all students.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:42:03Z
Within the first semester of my program (Early Childhood Education) I had been already placed in a classroom. Calvin gives you plenty of experience in the classroom, which, as a teacher, is what you really need. Second semester I was both teach aiding as well as volunteering in a Daycare. Calvin does its best to provide service learning for in your field for all types of majors. The workload and curriculum is doable, you must stay dedicated and focused to your studies, but hard work does pay off. I put in a little bit more than a moderate amount of work last semester and was able to achieve a 4.0 so everything is doable.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:37:20Z
Calvin has the best of both worlds. It is only 10 mins away from Downtown Grand Rapids, which is know for its arts and generally lively spirit. The campus is quaint, and very green, not much traffic going through the campus so there are not as many distractions as there would be downtown. The college is located about 1.5 miles (an easy run or biking distance) from Reed's Lake ( a park) as well as Gaslight Village (a cutesy little village full of classy restaurants and shops). Not to mention the school is only a 30-45 min drive from the stunning Lake Michigan shore, which is beautiful during all seasons.
College Junior 2013-07-17T04:32:12Z
Calvin College does is known for its rigorous curriculum and workload, but the professors make the learning much more enjoyable. They are willing to work with all students and put in as many hours of the day as they can afford dedicated to their study and their students. The registration is very easy, and all the workers are very friendly and helpful. Students often study on campus in the library or any quiet place in general, but the near by Starbuck's, Bookstores, and Bigby Coffee are also local hotspots for studying.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T20:13:08Z
My Overall Experience at Calvin was great. I found the academic standards were very high, the athletic program was one of the best in NCAA D3, the social scene was vibrant both on and off campus and the integration of Christian spirituality was of a high quality.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T15:42:10Z
Calvin has many amazing academic programs. The accounting program has a very high first time pass rate for the CPA exam, the sciences area generally strong across the board, engineering tends to send students to many of the best graduate schools schools in the country and philosophy and religion have great reputations.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T22:46:01Z
It snows a lot in Michigan, but classes never get cancelled. The classes are not that far from the dorm though so it is not that hard to get around the campus. Professor are very understanding for students who live off campus being late due to weather though. As soon as the Spring starts outside becomes beautiful and studying outside is something everyone does. The fall is beautiful there and not that cold.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T22:41:41Z
Calvin has a lot of really good majors to choose from, including a lot of new ones that are exciting. The professors are all very knowledgeable about their fields and you can tell they are excited about teaching. The professor also have lots of contacts and try really hard to help their students get jobs after graduating. However Calvin recently cut a few of their programs that didn't have as many students in them.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T22:34:56Z
It is pretty easy to get around Grand Rapids at Calvin. Especially through the Rapid bus system. Calvin provides students with one free bus pass a year that gives students a discounted price to ride. There is also a bus stop right next to campus. As far as travel around campus, Calvin provides a bike borrowing system for only $5 a year, or you can rent your own bike for $50 a year. Long boards, skates, skate boards, etc. are also very common at Calvin. Calvin also provides a shuttle service to the airport on long breaks. Also campus safety will pick up any party of less than 3 people after dark if they call the campus non-emergency number.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T22:30:29Z
Calvin has many opportunities to get involved in the way of sports. Varsity sports are a pretty big deal to most people at Calvin and the women's volleyball team is really good. Calvin also has a pretty good swim team. There are a lot of chances for students to get involved in IM sports as well, which Calvin has a lot of. The only downside is that Calvin does not have a football team, even though our rivals do.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T22:28:03Z
Calvin is a pretty racially diverse school and has many international students. It also works very hard to create an accepting campus. The Multicultural Students Development office does many activities for students to learn about other people's backgrounds, such as unlearn week, Rangella, and International Treasure.
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