Student Life

What goes on in the hours you spend between classes at Calvin Seminary? Start with regular chapel and worship opportunities and add donut breaks, table hockey tournaments and town hall gatherings (with free pizza provided, of course).

This is just the beginning of the ways you get to know other people in this caring, tight-knit community. You will also find many ways to serve, using your gifts and abilities to add to all of the wonderful things already happening here. 

Chapel and other worship opportunities

Calvin Seminary is first and foremost a worshiping community, and you will find daily opportunities to gather with others to pray, sing and meditate on Scripture.

  • The community gathers in the beautiful Seminary Chapel at 10 a.m. each Wednesday and Friday for a student- and faculty-led service.
  • A 10-minute Matins service is available each day from 7:40-7:50 a.m. before classes begin.
  • Prayer groups meet at 10 a.m. each Monday morning.
  • Korean students gather each weekday morning for prayer and have several other worship gatherings at differents times of day and on the weekends.

Chapel is planned and led by students, faculty and staff. From chapel planning team to Seminary Choir, ensembles, drama and dance, chapel is a place where you can use the Spirit’s diverse gifts to lead others in worship.Want to get involved? Learn more.

Student organizations, publications and service opportunities

Student clubs and publications vary from year to year, but here are a few recent organizations you can get involved in at Calvin Seminary:

  • Church Planting Club
  • Seminary Choir
  • Seminarians for Social Justice
  • Korean Student Association
  • Old Testament Club
  • Kerux (newsletter)
  • Stromata (annual journal)
  • Idema Food Pantry

Social activities and regular events

Connect with students, faculty and staff at regular activities and events throughout the year. Each fall, the year starts off with a Seminary-wide picnic dinner for the entire community, including families. It ends with a graduation breakfast for seniors. In between, here are just a few of the ways to cultivate community:

  • Donut and fellowship time after Wednesday chapel
  • Town hall gatherings with free pizza provided
  • Regular potlucks for Seminary student and families, including international-themed dinners.
  • Christmas Around the World dinner
  • Die Natalis – a birthday party for Calvin Seminary celebrated on DATE each year.
  • Annual table tennis tournament
  • Table hockey leagues
  • Intramural sports leagues
  • Book clubs

Fitness and Recreation

As a Seminary student, you and your family will have access to the state-of-the-art recreational facilities available on Calvin Seminary’s shared campus with Calvin College. This means you will be near miles of paved paths for running, walking and biking, as well the nature trails in Calvin’s Ecosystem Preserve.

The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex has a 10,000-square foot fitness center that includes 60 cardio machines and dozens of strength machines and free weights. The complex also has an Olympic-sized pool with regular open hours, a 38 square-foot climbing wall patterned after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, an indoor track, indoor tennis courts and a racquetball court. Multiple gyms are also available for pick-up basketball and volleyball games.

Arts, Dining and Entertainment on Campus

You will find many free and low-cost activities available for Seminary students at Calvin College.

Find a variety of food options at eight college dining facilities. The Fish House coffee shop, located in Johnny’s Cafe, is the best place on campus to get Fair Trade coffee and artisan espresso beverages.